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Cornells in Little Italy

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39 N Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1138 (Union Street)
+1 518-370-3825
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 16:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Cohoes, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a reservation, asked if we could go to bar for drink, after a while told them we were ready to eat, totally ignored us. Not a busy night, finally sat us, took 20 minutes for waitress to come over. A waiter came over and placed rolls on table. Still no waitress. Saving grace, When food came it was really... More 

Thank Cindy S
Upstate NY
Level Contributor
111 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nothing spectacular, but the food is good Italian. Service is friendly and efficient. Specials are generally good.

Thank KristinL70
Schenectady, New York
1 review
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Have been going to Cornells for many years...under several different owners. But there's something about Cornells...the service...the accommodating attitude...and most of all, the food that has simply stood the test of time. First, it was a very busy night, yet the maitre'd went out of her way to find great seating during the reservation process...and when we arrived...for our party... More 

Thank jconn501
Troy, New York
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Recently tried out this solid Italian restaurant because of its proximity to Proctor's Theater in Schenectady and because it is has been a favorite of the friends we were going to see 'Beautiful' with. It was definitely not disappointing. The atmosphere is good and there is plenty of parking. I think anyone who enjoys Italian food will like eating here.... More 

Thank Knith
CustRelation S, Guest Relations Manager at Cornells in Little Italy, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your recent visit. We value the comments of our customers because it allows us to address concerns that may result in a less than enjoyable dining experience. We strive to accommodate all of our guests needs and although vegetarian dishes are not specifically marked, we do have options on... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Encouraged by the trip advisor overall high ranking for Schenectady local Italian dining, we made reservations for three on Open Table. When we arrived, our reservation was apparently "nowhere to be found" -- which has never happened to me with Open Table (very reliable). We were seated in a less than desirable location but not wanting to make a fuss,... More 

1 Thank Linda C
georger123, Owner at Cornells in Little Italy, responded to this review

I will confirm that the restaurant is under the same management that it has been for the last five years. We saved the restaurant from bankruptcy because it was our favorite restaurant and continues to be. Cornells won 11 Bestie awards from Capital Region Living Magazine including Best Restaurant in Schenectady and Best Waitstaff. Our ratings on OpenTable and FaceBook... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

After at least 3 prior visits to Cornell's that were fantastic, so sad to see that something has happened to cause this restaurant to lose its touch. Our Open Table reservation was "lost" but we didn't have to wait to get seated. However our table was in a section for banquets with large round tables and mass-seating type chairs. The... More 

2 Thank David B
1 review
Reviewed 5 April 2017

I brought my bride to be daughter for dinner as a mom/daughter night before catching a play at Proctor's. It was such an enjoyable experience! The owner was so kind and a pleasure to speak with. She gave us personal attention and made sure we were happy. The food was delicious, service fantastic, and ambiance perfect. We ordered their calamari... More 

Thank Sylvia M
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We've been looking forward to trying Cornell's for a while. We waited too long to make dinner plans on St. Patrick's Day and Cornell's was able to seat us on short notice. I knew the prices were a bit steeper than More Perecca's and Canali's, our other favorite Italian restaurants but we weren't prepared for this. First, I will say... More 

2 Thank fleshbroiler
Mechanicville, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

i complain about the terrible experience 14 of us had on March 4, 2017, spoke with a lady the next day named Donna, she listen and had many reasons why things were so bad, she also said she would talk to management and send GC and or check as we had people from out of town and im sure when... More 

3 Thank dap12118
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We had been reading and hearing about the great reviews since Michael Pietracola became the head chef so a group of us decided to try it during restaurant week. The food was not good. Of the 6 of us No one enjoyed their meal. Some ordered off the restaurant week special and some off the regular menu. In addition to... More 

2 Thank NYUpstatefromMI

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$30
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Television, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?