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Vita Nova - University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Vita Nova - University of Delaware

4.8
4.8
604 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Vita Nova is the signature student-operated restaurant which is part of the Hospitality Business Management program at the University of Delaware.

Vita Nova features a "Best of Delaware" award-winning lunch buffet Mon-Fri and elegant fine dining Wed-Fri during the fall and spring semesters. For lunch, the students offer fresh, local dishes including gourmet salads, soups, pastas, entrees, fire-roasted flatbreads, cheese board and mini sweets. The five-course dinner begins with a fusion-inspired appetizer trio and choice of salad, followed by intermezzo and your choice of entrée. The evening ends on a sweet note with a decadent dessert.

Thank you for your support and being an important part of our unique student learning experience!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French / American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–12:30 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 5:30 pm–6:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (302) 831-0500
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Alison Rainis
  • Private party facilities
    Vita Nova offers private dining throughout the year. The Bistro Room is also available for rent for business meetings, retreats and private events. For more information, please e-mail us at vitanova@udel.edu.
  • Private party contact
    Venka Pyle, vitanova@udel.edu : (302) 831-0500
  • Neighborhood
    Newark
  • Cross street
    South College
  • Parking details
    Effective 9/1/18, the Trabant parking garage changed to a license plate based system. The system uses an app called PassportParking that you can use to add time from your phone should this be necessary. For more information please visit www.ppprk.com. We recommend estimating 3 hours for dinner & 2 hours for the lunch buffet and the bistro.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 604 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia County

    Best Value

  • Delaware

    Best Overall

  • Delaware

    Best Service

  • Delaware

    Best Ambiance

  • Delaware

    Best Value

  • Delaware

    Good for business meals

  • Delaware

    Innovative

  • Delaware

    Healthy

  • Delaware

    Good for special occasions

604 Reviews
  1. unknown

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our reservations were at 12:30pm for the Lunch Buffet. The food choice was good but nothing out of the ordinary The main entrees were not good. The chicken was dried out like it had been sitting for hours and the steak chewy. The servers spoke so soft and to only one person at the table that we could only guess what was being said. Not sure I would try again.

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  2. Ziva1

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We brought friends to Vita Nova who had never been there. They thoroughly enjoyed the food and the experience. We were delighted once again with Vita Nova.

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  3. ClarkW

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was an excellent experience perfect in every way

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We always loved coming to Vita Nova came here whenever we can make a reservation. We always enjoyed our experience. It is just on this date. We had a below expectation experience. It is the first day that the kitchen and service crew switched. Food not as good as the norm. Service was below par this is a “restaurant Lab” . I am sure we will be happy in another month or two, if we get another reservation. At the mean time, our best wishes to these aspiring students learning what they set out to learn.
    Vita Nova - University of DelawareResponded on April 5, 2024
    Thank you very much for your visit and feedback. As you rightly surmised, this was our students first day performing their new positions in the front of house. They will progress and perfect these steps while they become more familiar as is part of the learning curve. As regular guests, we thank you for your support and participation in the education of our young students.

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  5. FoodieSharon

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food. I will certainly return.
    Vita Nova - University of DelawareResponded on April 5, 2024
    Thank you so much!

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  6. EdwardG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely the best dining experience available anywhere near Newark, DE. The food and the dining experience are exceptional. The restaurant is staffed by students within the UD Hospitality Business Management program. The restaurant provides a superb gourmet dining experience with students as staff (lab course) supervised by faculty, including the restaurant's chef.
    Vita Nova - University of DelawareResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you for being a wonderful part of the educational experience!

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  7. foodie28

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is exceptional as always. Food was create. They always change up the menu.
    Vita Nova - University of DelawareResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you for your continued support!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, excellent service from knowledgeably staff with courteous checks ins from “Maitra D”. Always an amazing experience and great value.
    Vita Nova - University of DelawareResponded on March 18, 2024
    We're so glad you enjoyed your dining experience!

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  9. VicM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We will most certainly be back . The food was excellent, the staff attentive and sincerely interested in your comfort and experience. My only hesitation is out using even more superlatives is that more people will find out and it will take forever to get another reservation..

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  10. Christi

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vita nova never disappoints. Always a wonderful dining experience. The students are well trained and do a fantastic job. Kudos.
    Vita Nova - University of DelawareResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you!

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FAQs

Vita Nova - University of Delaware is rated 4.8 stars by 604 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Vita Nova - University of Delaware

Trabant University Center-2nd floor 17 West Main Street, 17 West Main Street, Newark, DE 19716

Additional information

  • Cross street
    South College
  • Neighborhood
    Newark
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–12:30 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 5:30 pm–6:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French / American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Effective 9/1/18, the Trabant parking garage changed to a license plate based system. The system uses an app called PassportParking that you can use to add time from your phone should this be necessary. For more information please visit www.ppprk.com. We recommend estimating 3 hours for dinner & 2 hours for the lunch buffet and the bistro.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Alison Rainis
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (302) 831-0500
  • Private party facilities
    Vita Nova offers private dining throughout the year. The Bistro Room is also available for rent for business meetings, retreats and private events. For more information, please e-mail us at vitanova@udel.edu.
  • Private party contact
    Venka Pyle, vitanova@udel.edu : (302) 831-0500
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