Vita Nova - University of Delaware
The dinner cost is high, but the service and the flavor more than made up for it. I will definitely be coming for lunch again, which the cost better suits me.
My daughter graduates this year and has nothing but good things to say about the people involved in Vita Nova. Thank you.
Tipping students should be allowed and encouraged.
Just graduated from UD last May but this was my first time at Vita Nova! I had always heard such good things about it but never found a time to go when I was in school. But I can honestly say tonight surpassed all expectations! Every course of food was delicious and beautiful, and the service was amazing and friendly. Definitely a good meal to treat yourself with!
Always a great afternoon with great food, great service and a spotless table setting. Such a pleasure to take friends there knowing everything will be perfect. Praises to the faculty for showing these students proper serving and cooking techniques.
Excellent service, food selection, preparation and presentation.
The food was fabulous - so many good things on the buffet. A lot of choices! The restaurant is so pleasant. Staff was friendly and helpful. Our waiter was nice, but I think he had a little trouble understanding English. Twice he had to go ask someone to answer a very simple question we asked. He had an unusual name, Asian I believe, so I don't remember. Service was good, although he didn't check back with us very often. He perhaps shouldn't be a waiter until he is better with understanding English. But overall, this first visit to Vita Nova was wonderful! We had heard so many great things about this place and it lived up to the good reviews. We will certainly be back again for lunch and then maybe dinner! Thanks for a great dining experience!!
It was the first time for the three friends that I brought and they just loved it they want to recommend it to other people so keep on cooking
Emily was our server and she did an outstanding job....very impressive. Thank you for such a great experience.
This was our first time at Vita Nova. It came highly recommended and we were not disappointed.
The meal was fantastic. Everything was perfectly prepared and extremely well presented by Samantha, Amanda and the rest of the student staff. In particular we enjoyed the ahi tuna & pine nut appetizer and the fantastic diver scallops, although the whole meal was delicious.
Be prepared for a wonderfully leisurely dining experience, with nobody rushing you out of the door to turn tables. We were there for about two hours, and we never felt that we were kept waiting for anything.
Special thanks to Nick and Venka who oversee the operation of this restaurant, and who are both exceedingly experienced and charming. Keep up the good work!
We will be back with friends for the Fall Semester.
Highly recommended. Book well in advance.
The menu was lacking in protein-rich vegetarian options.
Wonderful food and service. We love Vita Nova so much we go there for lunch each month they are open.
We have heard rave reviews about Vita Nova and we were not disappointed. A true fine dining experience. The food and service was perfect. You have to book far in advance but we were completely satisfied.
Excellent food. The kids are doing a great job!
Excellent service and food. We had been trying to get reservations for some time. Glad we went. A must try!
It’s always, FIRST CLASS. Thank you for teaching excellence.
I took my elderly parents for lunch at Vita Nova. The staff were very kind to seat us in a location that was easy for my father, who uses a walker, to get to. There was a nice selection of food at the buffet. I had a chicken dish that was very good. Favorite items also included the English popovers and the selection of desserts. It is so much more fun to try small quantities of a number of different desserts than just one dessert. Thank you Vita Nova for a lovely lunch at a very reasonable cost.
Every time I’ve been here it has been outstanding in every way. The food and service are always excellent !
It is a beautiful restaurant, but the food is bland and lukewarm.
Always wanted to come here when I was a student. I waited too long. We had such a great time. The food was fantastic and everyone was so nice and professional. Thank you for everything.
Delicious food and attentive service. Highly recommend . Never disappoints
Met our senior!
Food is absolutely excellent. Small, appropriately sized portions. Service had quite a few hiccups, for example drinks sitting empty for 10+ minutes. Also poured some of my beer on the table, then took what was left in the bottle away instead of leaving it. I chalk this up to it being nervous and inexperienced students. Unique experience, will go again.
The restaurant is a hidden gem. Run by students with professors overseeing every detail from food prep to service, the experience is a treat. The open kitchen let’s you see the students hard at work preparing every detail of the meal. Greeters and wait staff make sure that water glasses are filled at all times, plates are cleared and inform you when your next course is coming. A sommelier describes the nights wine on hand, giving information about the origin and distinct hints of flavor.
This is a place that truly is one of the best and could compete against any fine restaurant in New York City.
Outstanding dinner once again. I love coming here and bringing my out of town quests for this fabulous treat!
We had wonderful dining experience! Part of the fun is interacting with the students who are in training.
What a great experience. The students were amazing.
It was the first night they were opened for Spring semester. Food was delicious and service was great. Presentation was spectacular! It was surely a dining experience! We had to keep asking for more water. Maybe a pitcher could be left on the table? Other then that we had a wonderful experience and will surely be back for years to come!
I've been going there for years to celebrate special occassions and it continues to be an excellent choice.
We are regulars at the Vita Nova lunch buffet and have never been disappointed. The food, service, and atmosphere are always wonderful.
Had a wonderful dining experience. Definitely want to plan another evening there!
Vita Nova never fails to treat and feed you like royalty!
Vita nova is a wonderful dining experience. The students are very orofessional and go above and beyond to make you feel special. This is a 4 start restaurant for sure. I would recommend this establishment to anyone.
Excellent atmosphere, quiet and great for conversation. The buffet was clean and well-presented, although because of the way food was maintained on the buffet it may have lost some of its flavor and texture. There was a wide selection of dishes to chose from, with something for everyone's tastes. Our waiter Huang was very attentive and professional. Overall, Vita Nova was an excellent choice for celebrating a special occasion.
Very nice for lunch or a romantic dinner, celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion.
We have had several visits ti Vita Nova and have always been very happy. Food was good, but not memorable. Service was horrible. We usually get students who take their " job" very seriously...I don't even mind that they may be a lil nervous. This group seemed to think it was a Friday night and it was their time to socialize. My husband saw one of our waiters in the students lounge area. We always had to grab someone to get another glass of wine or or check...When we finally received our check, we waited for approximately 15 min for him to return for it...we finally just brought it to the hostess.
We enjoyed our lunch at Vita Nova. The kids were shy but very attentive and the food was outstanding.
Have been looking forward to dining at the Vita Nova. Loved the ambiance, service and food. Made reservations for lunch.
Everything was wonderful but I would advise to check your bill, we were charged for more wine than we had.
AMAZING EXPERIENCE. 10/10. food was amazing and staff was unbelievable.
From the chefs to the wait staff, they do a terrific job. Food is delicious with several choices and the wait staff is very efficient. They have been trained well!