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Cornells in Little Italy

39 N Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1138
+1 518-370-3825
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
39 N Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1138
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I've heard about this place for years. We decided to try it. Bartender on Sunday very nice. Server was knowledgeable and attentive. I had the chic w broccoli rabe and pasta. Pasta was a bit overdone but dish was good and tasty. Husband had Zuppa...More

Thank Anniecat2
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have eaten at Cornells at least 15 times in the past 12 months while in Schenectady on family business and have almost never been disappointed.. This restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere (nicest in the area of the bar at the front) and its staff...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Used to be the best Italian in Sch'dy, until owner bolted with the chef to open Armando's in South Sch'dy. Ambiance is still A+... very classy place with white tablecloths. But the food has taken a step back. I had Briscole, which is supposed to...More

Thank Ken M
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Right off the bat we figured it would be a nice night, since our server, Christine, was excellent. She went beyond our expectations, and so did my fish of the day, as well as the chocolate cake. Wonderful place, with owners who really care.

Thank madalex123
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Want a local Italian joint? Go here hands down. The family owns it and the quality is excellent. I try to get here monthly

Thank Mike A
Reviewed 24 April 2017

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...More

Thank Cindy S
Reviewed 23 April 2017

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

Thank KristinL70
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...More

Thank jconn501
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...More

Thank Knith
CustRelation S, Guest Relations Manager at Cornells in Little Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

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...More

Reviewed 11 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...More

1  Thank Linda C
georger123, Owner at Cornells in Little Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

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...More

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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, 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, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, 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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