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About Cornells Restaurant

Founded 75 years ago, Cornells is known for its time-honored family dishes, innovative daily specials, homemade desserts as well as an extensive wine list. Its close proximity to Schenectady’s Proctors Theatre and other arts organizations, Union College and the Rivers Casino is ideal for those attending a wide variety of attractions. A soothing rustic Tuscan color palette compliments the 3 dining spaces and banquet room. Cornells in Little Italy can accommodate parties of up to 200 guests, making it the perfect venue for your special dining needs. Easy parking.

39 North Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary American, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,

Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Cross Street:
Union Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(518) 370-3825

Website:
http://www.cornellsrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
There is private parking around the building as well as the attached public parking lot.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Cornells Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
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Good for a Date (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for Groups (16)
Authentic (14)
Casual (12)
Romantic (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Business Meals (10)
Cozy (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Had reservations for Valentine's Day a month in advance. People at the front, ahead of us, did not have a reservation and were seated in the normal, nice (from what I saw), restaurant area while we were seated in the banquet room which had been opened to "accommodate (used loosely)" more people. It had not been beautified for the occasion in any way, however, my view of the kitchen and everybody coming in from their smoke breaks was top notch. The atmosphere was akin to a crappy business dinner and towards the end of the meal, the staff began rolling tables into the room and sorting silverware noisily. Peak of professionalism... Thanks Cornell's! :/

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Overall the place, the waitress and food were great. My only negative comment is both our meals were not as hot as they should have been. Although this is no excuse, I believe this was partially due to Valentines Day crowd. We have had many wonderful meals here so I would not hesitate to return in the near future.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was great, and the meal was too!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

First time at Cornell's. Enjoyed the food. Ambiance was nice. Service was great. Looking forward to going again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was awesome but service was slow. Prior to a show at Proctor's, more wait staff could be available.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Found this restaurant when looking for something close to Proctors as we had Theatre tickets. They were about a 5-10 min walk straight up Jay Street so very convenient as they had free off street parking there. It was a pleasant surprise. The food was wonderful.. Old world Italian - very authentic. Food was delicious and plentiful and as the show time crept up on us they were very accommodating to getting is in and out quickly. The waitress was lovely -quick, efficient and helpful. A wonderful experience. Will return soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We gave a surprise 80th birthday party. The restaurant was in on our plan and fully cooperative. Food and service was excellent, waitresses were jovial & attentive and everyone had a wonderful time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It’s always a great experience at Cornell’s

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always terrific!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We have visited Cornell's many times and it never disappoints. The food is excellent, especially the greens and beans app was spectacular. All of our entrees, which included chicken parm, chicken romano and duck scallopini, were all cooked to perfection and the portions were generous. Our server, Benjamin, was attentive and personable, which is increasingly rare at restaurants.

The best part of our visit was the fact that it was a quiet night. So my two friends and I were able to enjoy our food and conversation without fighting any noisy groups. This was one of the best visits to Cornell's we've ever had and we'll keep coming back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We came for dinner due to a coupon in the GAZETTE we have had dinner in the past not for quite a while disappointed in area not achieving its goal of more restaurants. I asked waitress why it got so chilly during our dinner no answer was provided

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food and competent, friendly staff. Two minute calamari is the bomb.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great experience, would go again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went on New's Years Eve, excellent service and quality of food even though they were extremely busy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great experience, food was good, wait staff was excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good restaurant with great food. Somewhat pricey but worth it for special occasions. Utica greens are as close to those from Utica as I've had in the Cap District. Definitely will be back many more times.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent food with terrific service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

First visit and could not have been happier. The staff was friendly and the ambience very comfortable. The food was excellent, and although it got real busy, we were forgotten about the dessert. But it did not hamper our experience.

Cannot wait to return

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food is delicious, the service was super friendly and my leftovers were plentiful enough for another meal. How could you go wrong?

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our group was composed of 4 adults and a child, and we dined on a Sunday evening following a performance at Proctor's. The food was spectacular ! Unfortunately, our experience was negatively affected by the SLOW service from the time we sat down to our departure. There were 2 large groups that we could see in the restaurant, and their presence certainly (and understandably) could have affected our service. However, we were disappointed that we were left alone for long stretches of time and we never heard from a manager during our time at the restaurant. (Our server, Ben, did finally apologize for the lengthy time it took for our service, and he did follow through on a promise to "comp" a carafe of house wine and desserts. I appreciated his apology and the "comped" portions of our meal.). Appetizers of steamed clams in a marinara sauce and calamari were terrific; the calamari were cooked perfectly and the marinara for the clams was wonderfully tasty with a hint of fire. Entrees also were fantastic. A rigatoni bolognese was tasty with a generous portion of meat in the sauce; shrimp over linguini was also tasty while being less filling than the bolognese; and chicken florentine and braciole both were delicious and, accompanied by the house-made cavatelli, pleasantly filling. Portions for all the entrees were generous, and we took home a lot of food. Desserts of cannoli (one order included 2 huge cannoli!) and tiramisu were delicious. We found ourselves, while waiting, almost hoping the food would turn out to be bad so that we could tell ourselves it would be silly to return. However, the food was so good that we likely will return at some point. We simply will need to steel ourselves for slow going and hope that the food remains top notch.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great meal before Proctors event. Excellent service allowed us to get to our event on time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

All was well except for the seating. We were seated at a round table for 8 with only 4 people. Hard to talk to each other. Not comfortable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Fantastic gathering of friends for a holiday party!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our waitress was very attentive and the food was excellent. The dessert was outstanding.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Veal Chop and Salmon specials, most excellent! Great dining experience, would recommend to anybody! Was good to see old friends.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Anniversary dinner that turn into hell. The start of the meal was ok even though it took over 35 mins to get it, then anther 1 hour and 15 mins to get our main meal which two of the meal the chicken parm were burnt so bad they tried to cover it up with extra sauce on it. And because it took so long to get the meal all they could offer was we did not have to pay for it, which was nice of them but it not like we were going to pay for two burnt chicken parm meals. The waitresses did not seem to care when we told her look at how burnt they are. The manager on the other hand was great. So overall a rating of one for the service, zero for the food and 5 for the manager

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Wonderful food. Had a few different things from the menu and they were all good. They have homemade cavetelli, bread from Perrecas, and sorbet and gelato from a place in the neighborhood. The brasole is fantastic. The friendly staff round out the great experience. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food as always, was superb, and our waitress was extremely attentive. House made Cavatelli side is a must have with any dish. Artichoke fritters were an excellent appetizer. One of the best Italian restaurants in the Capital District!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Traditional American Italian . Nothing worth of note . Food is comparable with a dinner . Broccoli was mushy ; seemed frozen . Bread was cold . Stuffing in the steak was poor in flavor ; tasted like bread w lemon juice . For the price Delmonicos is a lot better choice .

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Braciole was very good. Bread great but pasta overcooked and marinara sauce tasted underseasoned.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing dinner, atmosphere and service!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent homemade Italian food in a quaint setting. Nice wine list. Reasonably priced and great service. We had a seat by a window looking onto the street, which was nice, although this section was away from the main dining room and was quite noisey.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always a nice time. Food was very good. Service was also very good.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great Food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Took an hour to get our meal - otherwise it was good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We went there for dinner before a show at Proctors. The service was friendly and well paced. The food was delicious!

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great dood, great service, nice atmosphere. I will definitely come back again with friends and / or family.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good evening out. We will come here often.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Nice place for dinner before seeing a show at Proctors.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

A magic combination of a beautiful place, great acoustics, fantastic food, served by friendly competent staff. Can't say enough good about the fantastic time we had at Cornells.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Vegan, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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