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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 - 10:00pm,

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.

Executive Chef:
Luca Brunelle, CEC

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

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
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Special Occasion (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Authentic (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Casual (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Disabled Access (13)
Cozy (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Business Meals (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Romantic (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 21 hours ago

Great Food

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·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 10, 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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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Cornell's is a gem in Italian dining! thanks to the HUme's for reserrecting it!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We arrived on time and our table was not ready, heard the hostess talk to a co-worker that they miss-seated others affecting our spot, waited 15 minutes for the mix up to be fixed, were seated in a back room between two large 15+ person group tables that were exceptionally loud in an enclosed room. Waitress was prompt but after appetizers, did not see her for over 30 minutes while we waited for our food, I got up to complain to the hostess, all the while unruly kids were acting up at one of the tables. Meal finally came 45 minutes after appetizers, was warm. Very disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It's always a pleasure going to Cornells. Friendly, comfortable environment. Delicious food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

It was clear when we arrived that the restaurant was very busy - perhaps a larger event was happening, however that is no excuse for the incredibly poor service we experienced. We travel often and have dined often in other cities much larger than Schenectady that are busy each and every day. After placing our order it t

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

Nice, but not outstanding. Bread was very good, as were Utica greens

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

I enjoyed my food so much every mouthful. I had the scallops and they were cooked to perfection! My spouse had veal and it was also cooked perfectly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The dining area is comfortable and spacious. The food has always been outstanding, and the prices are reasonable. All in all, great service in a great location. Will definitely go back, or order takeout for those stay in kind of nights.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed dining at Cornell’s on a Wednesday evening. I had the Chicken Francaise, and my husband had the Scallops and Risotto. Both were delicious. We each also had a small cup of Pasta Fagiolo, and an order of Utica Greens and Beans to share, both very good. Service was personable, and efficient. We were warmly welcomed by ever staff member we encountered. Will definitely go back again, and may try their Dinners to Go.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We always feel so welcome here! The food is delicious and our server was tireless in making sure the food for my husband was gluten-free.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great staff and food, the chicken bruschetta over arugula was amazing!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was inconsistent - a caesar salad and caprese good, brussel sprouts - amazing. Lackluster calamari fritti . Pasta with chicken and broccoli rabe - flavorless. Chicken dish with prosciutto and a mushroom sauce was very good. Service was excellent - our waitress was lovely. The room was too bright and the tables were all sized for 8, even though we were 3. Looked like a banquet hall rather than a restaurant.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

My first time at this restaurant and our meal and service was great. I think the seating is cramped and adds to a slightly higher than average noise level.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

The food was delicious, and our waitress offered us a special option so that we could split an appetizer.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I have been here several times in the last two years. The food has been consistently delicious, with several unique (and wonderful) dishes. The service has always been excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Comfort food in a fairly unexciting space. Bar and bar room tables are the best place to sit, as the dining rooms are hardly inviting.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We decided to try a new restaurant in the area near Proctor's for dinner before a show. I am so glad we chose Cornell's. The food was very, very good. My husband and I shared a chopped salad appetizer that was very tasty with Kalamata olives and gorgonozla cheese mixed in. For entrees, I had the cavatelli with chicken and broccoli rabe. The chicken was so tender it melted in my mouth. It was in a white sauce that was perfect, not too heavy, but oh so delicious. My husband had a filet medallion special that he said was excellent. Service was spot on. I definitely want to return to this gem again soon to try other items on the menu. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I highly recommend dining here.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Kitchen was having challenges with the volume of patrons however, they took the time to make great food. We weren't in a hurry and thoroughly enjoyed the night!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was pretty good. Didn't wow me by any means. Service was great

Tags: Casual
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food3
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

We were looking for authentic Italian food to take out of town guests for dinner. We had never been to Cornell's, but took a chance. We had a wonderful time and everyone enjoyed dinner. The staff was very pleasant and attentive.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Food was very good. We noticed that the prices have gone up and the portions have gotten smaller. The soup and/ or salad used to be included with the entree, not so now, pay extra for salad and/or soup.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Everything was delicious! Best cavatelli we ever ate (we got a side dish of it) and the red sauce was amazing too! Generous portion size on everything we ordered. The staff was professional , attentive and had great menu suggestions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We asked for our chicken parmigiana sauce to be spicy. OMG it was the very best sauce I have ever tasted in my life. The hot antipasta as to die for. Incredibly outstanding food with great service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Basic Italian food very well prepared. The meatballs were especially tasty.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Cornell's has never been one of our favorite local restaurants. We've always found the food to be mediocre, and the service at times abominable at best.

However, as I drove up from Dutchess County for the night, and we were all longing for red sauce Italian, we walked to Cornell's, as I made an OpenTable reservation on my phone.

When we arrived, we decided to sit at the bar, where Amber took very good care of us.

Two ordered ravioli with meatballs, and we received what we expected, but no more. One of us ordered linguini with meatballs, that came with little sauce, and was hardly eaten. Amber took that entree off the check.

Overall, nothing exciting, but then again, we picked very simple items vs something more complex. Certainly Ambers professionalism helped our experience.

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

From the moment we entered this warm establishment three staff members checked on our well being and made sure we were being attended to. Immediately we knew this restaurant had awesome service. Obviously the customer is well respected here. The food
Was delicious the clam appetizer, the salads were fresh, out dinners were delicious- zuppa di pesce and ling. With clam sauce. Everything was freshly prepared and gluten free and dairy free
Accommodations were made. The desserts were decadent and the after dinner coffees hit the spot. This was a wonderful dinner experience and our waitress was super warm and attentive to us. What a great find!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The food is good but they were having a bad night and dinner took an hour to come out. They did give us free dessert. Would go again but would not wait that long.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

We greatly enjoyed our dinner at Cornells. The food was delicious. The variety of selections was excellent. We most enjoyed the low noise level. Although the restaurant was quite busy we were able to speak to each other in a comfortable, conversational level. We love Cornells and will dine there again soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We went to Cornell's for our anniversary. We hadn't been in a while, and I was looking forward to an Italian meal. Our waiter was very attentive and fulfilled our needs. My husband ordered a pork chop meal that was quite creative. I cannot remember the last time he ate pork, but he was extremely pleased that he did (it was the special of the day). I had my heart set on Italian, so I had pasta bolognese, and it was amazing. My only disappointment--and this is trivial--is that we usually order dessert on special occasions, and I had my heart set on cheesecake, which they don't offer. We left without dessert (when I'm fixated on something like I was on the cheesecake, nothing else will do!). If you haven't been to Cornell's lately, you need to go--SOON!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Overall we had a great meal, two kids and two adults. My only issue was seating us right next to the bar but we did request a booth so I'm not sure if those were the only ones. Also, the marinara is more spicy than I typically like.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

We went for our anniversary, and we were not disappointed. The service was excellent, the food was recommended by the server, and she was spot on. Our choices of bracchiole and chicken marsala were incredible. Our starter of mozzarella caprese salad was unbelievable - highly suggest you try it. Finished with tiramisu. So good, I want to go back already and it's only been a couple of days.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Best dinner out I have had In a long time. Food was excellent. Service was also very good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Had an enjoyable evening good food,drinks and service. It was our anniversary and they were kind enough to give us a complimentary dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

We eat at Cornells often and generally we like it a lot. This particular night the restaurant was not busy but it took a long time for the food to come out. We were in too dompany with great conversation somot didn't matter that much but we all wondered why it took that much time for the food to arrive. The portions were also on the small side but overall good. The wait staff is always accommodating and friendly.

Tags: Romantic, Casual
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