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Cornell's Restaurant

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39 N Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1138 (Union Street)
+1 518-370-3825
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Bengaluru, India
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114 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Ambiance is decent enough to enjoy the authentic Italian food. Shrimp appetizer and main courses, which I tried were very very very good.

Thank ravi N
Management response:

We're pleased to hear you enjoyed our authentic Italian cuisine and that our shrimp dishes were that good. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you! More 

Albany, New York
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good Italian meal in the Capital District isn't hard to come by ... However the fantastic meal is subtlety elusive. Acting on a good recommendation, Cornell's was up for a try. The atmosphere was good, slightly busy, service was prompt. The homemade cavatelli with meatballs was outstanding! I highly recommend making the trip to the small street in Schenectady.

Thank Knight619
Management response:

Thank you very much for your kind words. I will pass on your compliments to our hardworking cooks and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. Thank you! More 

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149 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good basic menu in a comfortable,casual atmosphere. Veteran waitstaff provides excellent service. Nice bar area as well as good wine list. Parking on site is another plus.

Thank Robert B
Albany, New York
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372 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a group of 8 that arrived at opening. We had a reservation and were seated quickly. We all ordered salads and main dishes. The Caesar and Garden Salads were good. Half of our dishes came out lukewarm or cold. The side pastas were swimming in sauce. The main dishes were okay, nothing special. The ambience of the restaurant... More 

Thank Sheila L
Queensbury, New York
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

What a wonderful find. We went to the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park last week and ate at the Caterina de Medicci Italian restaurant and it was terrible. I promised my husband a better birthday present so I booked a reservation at Cornells after reading several reviews. We were going to see a show at Proctors at 7:30 and had... More 

Thank belizejo
Gulfport, Florida
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great chef. All orders are to perfection. Mainly Italian fare. Very personable wait staff. Great parking area

Thank RMS3000
altamont, new york
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We had dinner here last night and were both more than happy. My scallops with lobster risotto was the best! It's been a while since we had been here and we wondered why it took us to long to return. The Zeppole for dessert was to die for. I can't describe those 6 rounds of heaven. It's something you must... More 

Thank taylor130
Clifton Park, New York
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89 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We ate here last Saturday night. I made 6:30 reservations. I didn't know at the time I made the reservation that there was an Italian Festival going on right in front of the restaurant. I don't know if this festival used up the majority of their resources but both the service and the kitchen was incredibly slow. For example, my... More 

Thank travelrus
Boston, MA
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Family run, great old fashion Italian with large portions and friendly service. The Veal Alla Mamma with eggplant was outstanding and was enough for at least two meals. Wife's veal saltimbocca was just as good. Portions were so large and came with soup and salad that we skipped a starter. The bread...from the bakery across the street was almost to-die-for.... More 

Thank jimlerbs
Schenectady, New York
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Cornell's recently reopened under new ownership and some retooling of the menu. I hadn't cared much for Cornell's since it moved from its charming Van Vranken Ave. location to a sterile warehouse looking building in Schenectady's artificial Little Italy. However, I was excited about it's grand reopening especially since the new menu was designed by master chef Dale Miller. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 N Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1138
    (Union Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Schenectady
  • Phone Number: +1 518-370-3825

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?