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Cornells in Little Italy

39 N Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1138
+1 518-370-3825
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good17%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“utica greens” (6 reviews)
“bread” (26 reviews)
16:00 - 20:00 Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
39 N Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1138
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friends and I were staying for a weekend in Schenectady. We needed some good food since we were doing an RKC kettlebell certification. Cornells was extremely good and also healthy. They cook and use very good olive oils so for those who are picky....More

Thank tomaszewski_filip
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whenever I'm in the area for a show at Proctor's, I always visit Cornell's for dinner beforehand. The service has always been great, the food is consistently great, and the atmosphere is very welcoming and comfortable. I've been here with a group of 4, and...More

Thank Aria_W19
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

When we made reservations we didn’t know the layout of the dining rooms so we left it up to staff to decide where to seat us. Unfortunately, it was at a table in the center of a drafty, cold dining room right up against a...More

Thank Knittingchick
Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

Had dinner with friends at Cornell’s. Located in little Italy in Schenectady with a nice atmosphere. Food was good but not great to my taste. My favorite in Schenectady area is Cannalis which I use as a barometer for Italian food.

Thank Mark A
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Cannot day enough great things about our recent dinner at Cornell’s. We were treated like family and the food was fantastic! Looking forward to our next visit

Thank Jack G
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Braciole,if you liked it you don't know braciole! A tube of cheese sausage wrapped with a slice of DELI roast beef. Inedible! Squid was both baby, undercooked,and tough. How can you do that? If you know Italian food you know this place is a SHAM!!

Thank Janet P
Reviewed 30 December 2017

We celebrated our anniversary at Cornell's last week, and they outdid themselves once again. The ambiance is always great, as is the food, which is why I went with the seared sea scallops, a favorite from former visits. It was again seasoned and cooked to...More

Thank ricknbarb2017
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Had the pleasure of dining at this little slice of heaven before attending a show at proctors. Two of the three owners happened to be there. They were extremely gracious and accommodating. The delicious parmesan food was served promptly. We discovered a treasure of a...More

Thank bob m
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Visited this well- known restaurant in Schenectady's Little Italy for a family dinner recently and, once again, was not disappointed. Began with appetizers of fried calamari, Utica greens and arancini, all excellent and setting the tone for the entrees to follow. My son and daughter...More

2  Thank William G
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Great food! Wonderful place to have dinner and unwind. Food is amazing and enough to fill even the hungriest of football players!

Thank 372kristinag
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29 January 2018|
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Response from William G | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you read my relatively recent review. Interested in some details relating to your experience with this long-established an respected Schenectady restaurant.
22 April 2017|
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Response from jconn501 | Reviewed this property |
No but everyone is very presentably dressed...nice jeans are fine.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$30
Restaurant features
Television, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 20:00
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
"Timeless Classic Italian Food" interspersed with "New World" Italian Regional Cuisine. Analogy~Sophia Loren & Frank Sinatra meet Lidia Bastanich & Mario Batali. Since 1943,generations of loyal patrons, friends and their families have enjoyed the traditional dishes of Cornells Restaurant. The robust aroma of food cooking on the stove would draw them in to sit down and enjoy old world Italian food. Today this tradition continues. Modeled after the simple restaurants in Italy,this neighborhood establishment is warm, inviting, comfortable and unpretentious.
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