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Cornells Restaurant

4.4
741 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion (28)
  • Good for Anniversaries (24)
  • Pre/post Theatre (23)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,

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

Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(518) 370-3825
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
Union Street
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Parking details
There is private parking around the building as well as the attached public parking lot.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 741 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.3
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

1st time there...service was excellent, great food...it's nice to have a restaurant that you can actually have a quiet conversation in

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Alicamp412 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great food and excellent service. Definitely a place for a nice night out.

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BobS 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Excellent Italian/Continental menu and good wine list. Service friendly and efficient. Value good. My Chicken Francaise was delicious. Tartufo dessert is a must have.

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CharlesO (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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MarkJ (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was great, and the meal was too!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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pickyeater (New York Area)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

It’s always a great experience at Cornell’s

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Always terrific!

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D1672Reviews (New York Area)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Great experience, would go again.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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vipNanette (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent food with terrific service

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Jackny34 (New York Area)
5.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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?

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  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.

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GastroMan (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Fantastic gathering of friends for a holiday party!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

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

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GastroMan (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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Elwebby (New York Area)
1.0  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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Outstanding (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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