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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.
Schenectady, NY 12305
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is private parking around the building as well as the attached public parking lot.
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
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! :/
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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 .
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