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Cornells Restaurant

738 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Pre/post Theatre
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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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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Payment options
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 738 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
Noise · Quiet
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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! :/

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.

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

Service was great, and the meal was too!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

It’s always a great experience at Cornell’s

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

Always terrific!

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!