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Vita Nova - University of Delaware

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American, Contemporary
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17 W Main St, Closed For the Summer, re-opens after Labor Day, Newark, DE 19716-6197 (South College)
+1 302-831-0500
11:30 - 12:30
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Mon - Tue 11:30 - 12:30
Wed - Fri 11:30 - 20:30
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Wilmington, Delaware
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57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have enjoyed Vita Nova in the past. Food is outstanding, service is great, and the students go out of their way to provide a great experience. This year, we went the second night they opened..unfortunately, although the food was great, it was cold. No one in our party of 4 had a warm meal. They were very apologetic but... More 

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Vita N, Manager at Vita Nova - University of Delaware, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback about Vita Nova. We are truly sorry to hear of your disappointing experiences with the cold food and the missing reservation. We certainly understand your frustrations. Feel free to call me directly at 302-831-0500 to further discuss. We will share your feedback with the class and talk about how we could prevent this from happening... More 

Central Florida
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111 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Went for lunch. The staff are students. They'll work in the front and in the back during the semester. The food, buffet and priced fixed, was wonderful. Not the usual fare at a casual restaurant. All the options are labeled. Many options as "nibble food". The food was very tasty. This wasn't the first time there and hopefully won't be... More 

Thank matous
Vita N, Manager at Vita Nova - University of Delaware, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words and compliments concerning the food our students prepare at Vita Nova. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon! More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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183 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Vita Nova is the restaurant associated with UD's School of Hotel/Restaurant management. It's in the Trabant Student Center but a lovely setting, with great food and attentive service by students learning the ropes. This year the menu features the best dishes from the last 20 years and is well worth a visit. It's a price fixed dinner with 4 courses.... More 

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Vita N, Manager at Vita Nova - University of Delaware, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review Vita Nova. Our students work hard to create a great dining experience for our guests and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for supporting our program and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Cape May, New Jersey
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224 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Went for the lunch buffet after friends told us about the restaurant. Very nice, comfortable atmosphere. All the food was very good and everyone was very attentive and helpful. This is a great program for the kids and well run. Will return!

Thank Rod V
Vita N, Manager at Vita Nova - University of Delaware, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review and share nice comments about your Vita Nova experience. We're so glad your friends recommended us and decided to join us for lunch. It is great that you were able to enjoy the food and service. We hope to see you again. Best regards, The Vita Nova Team More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2016

I was looking forward to eating lunch here as our friends raved about the restaurant. The atmosphere was beautiful. Food was entirely too salty! I was surprised to see all buffet items, except the soup, out in the open. No cover what so ever. The waitress was sweet but dropped the dirty dishes she was collecting, on my plate I... More 

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Vita N, Manager at Vita Nova - University of Delaware, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about our restaurant. We are truly sorry you had a bad experience and did not care for the food on our lunch buffet. We apologize for getting dressing on your blouse and hope you will allow us to pay for your dry cleaning bill. The Vita Nova team takes pride in a clean and... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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179 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

I'm happy to add to my previous rave review with an update as Vita Nova is one of my very favorites. I love going there for brunch as you get to try everything. The potato salad and apple salad were the best I've ever had anywhere by far. Lovely popovers with whipped butter topped with sprinkles of sea salt. Excellent... More 

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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2016

This is a restaurant and learning lab. Students and faculty create a dining experience that is equal to five star restaurants you find in cities like New York or LA. They have a wonderful lunch buffet and the dinner is amazing. This is a class in the Hospitality Business Management major so the restaurant is open during certain days in... More 

2 Thank HotelPhd
VN_UD, Manager at Vita Nova - University of Delaware, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the kind words and compliments about Vita Nova. Our students work hard to provide excellence in hospitality and we are glad you have enjoyed your experiences at our restaurant. We look forward to welcoming you back to Vita Nova soon! Sincerely, Venka Pyle Manager, Vita Nova More 

Newark, Delaware
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2015

Have visited 4 or 5 times, always for lunch, and have thoroughly enjoyed it each time. Lunch buffet has a large number of choices, well prepared. And lunch is very reasonably priced. I look forward to my next visit.

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Fripp Island, South Carolina
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218 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2015

5 STAR DINING EXPERIENCE ON CAMPUS? Perfection is the name of this game on the University of Delaware's Newark Campus. These people are being trained in "Attention to Detail," and "Excellence in Dining". I went for lunch and "LOVED IT!", can't wait to go back for dinner! Had the BEST lobster salad ever. Their lunch buffet is not to be... More 

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Wilmington, DE
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2015

We have been dining with Vita Nova for over 10 years, and we have never had a disappointing experience. The students are always very professional and polite. All of the components of the meal arrived in a timely manner. The food is always outstanding and well presented. On our last visit, we discovered that the table-side Caesar salad was no... More 

Thank jance
VN_UD, Manager at Vita Nova - University of Delaware, responded to this review

Hello Jance, Thank you for your review. We appreciate longtime customers like you, because you have kept our restaurant thriving for almost 20 years! We thank you for your continued support. We're glad to hear you were pleased with both the food and the service provided, and we have shared your feedback with our students. This semester we decided to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$45
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 12:30
11:30 - 12:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 W Main St, Closed For the Summer, re-opens after Labor Day, Newark, DE 19716-6197
    (South College)
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Newark
  • Phone Number: +1 302-831-0500
Vita Nova offers fine dining at the University of Delaware campus. The newly renovated restaurant is run by Hospitality Management students and offers three different dining experiences. During Lunch, Vita Nova serves a gourmet buffet lunch Mon-Fri from 11:30am. Come back for dinner to enjoy a delicious four-course fine dining experience in our main dining room or a more casual meal in the Bistro where we offer an innovative small plate menu and a 3-course Theater Menu Wed-Fri from 5:30pm. Vita Nova offers an extensive beverage selection and a 100 bottle wine list.

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