Casola Dining Room - Schenectady County Community College

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The Casola Dining Room is a student operated dining facility located on the first floor of Elston Hall at Schenectady County Community College. The Casola Dining Room provides our students in the Department of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism the opportunity to learn the necessary cooking, service, and managerial skills required for a la carte service. The Casola Dining Room is first and foremost an educational experience for our students. **The Casola Dining Room will be closed for the winter break from Dec. 11th - Jan. 19th. We look forward to serving you once more in January.
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DeniseF
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious. Server got confused on who got what, otherwise all was great.

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KarenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a better place to eat for fine dining! And you can't beat the value. You have to remember that everyone is a student but I find that it makes the atmosphere interesting. I just had the BRAZIL menu - the menu was well planned, unique, and probably one of the best meals to be had in the Capital District!! Draw back is that it is hard to get a reservation but when you get there the service is extremely attentive and elegant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It took 2 years to score this reservation but was worth the wait. The meal and service were outstanding.

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vipMsV2Lo
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything about this meal was over-the-top amazing. The quality and preparation showed expertise especially in the preparation, flavors and plating. My compliments to the students and their instructors. Comparable to a 5 star restaurant!

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Maria
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic program for all! Food is top notch and the staff is above par!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d heard about Casola Dining Room from friends for years, I finally was able to experience for myself what everyone was talking about. It was a very pleasant experience for me, from beginning to end. Our Server Madeline was very pleasant and answered our questions with patience’s and a smile.
The portions of the soup, entree and dessert were just right, the food was amazing! It was my first time having trifle and it did not disappoint, it was delicious.
Looking forward to coming back to check out a different country.

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John
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Service was superb; courteous, knowlegeable and attentive without being intrusive. Soup was not really hot enough for our tastes.
Picnic platter was wonderful. Fish fry was good, not great; but duck confit was really wonderful. We wish it was easier to reserve online.

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MichaelB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Culinary school training ground so service (by people too young to be familiar with fine dining) shows. This is what the school is for so if this is not acceptable then not for you.

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vipPaulaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Normally we love going to the Casola dining room but on this occasion we were very disappointed. Both my husband and I ordered the salmon and it was completely undercooked! Our server did her best to make up for it by apologizing and bringing us an extra meal to take home but no-one above her ever came to our table to address the situation. Being that this is a learning environment, we felt that someone higher up than our server should have talked with us and looked into the situation in the kitchen. The rest of the meal was great as usual.

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FrancesB
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 5(1 was unable to come) thoroughly enjoyed our lunch on Thurs. 10/31/19. We love it there at the Casola Room. The problem is getting a reservation, probably won’t try until next semester. Fran B.

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MichaelB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Culinary school training ground so if you expect a fine dining experience this is not for you as the staff are in training. The food is always the highlight as the program is very good.

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BettyB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience to dine at Casola. Wish they would mark the menu when items are gluten free though.

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KarenG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meal was delicious!! Everyone at the table loved their appetizer, meal and dessert. Service was very good, our server was very attentive. For me, music is a little on the quiet side. I did hear some Roy Orbison which we all enjoyed.

Highly recommend SCC! I'll be back soon.

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FOODIE64
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu for this evening had many wonderful choices. Some of us had the salad and others had the empanada. Both were delicious. For the entree we all had the bourbon lamb which was quite large and again delicious. So were each of the desserts we enjoyed. The presentations were impressive. This was the best meal I have ever had at the Casola Dining Room.

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RobinR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Everything was wonderful except our main dishes were dry and over cooked.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The grilled cabbage was not grilled enough. Pork Mofongo was a bit dry. Red snapper was perfectly cooked. The sofrito shrimp was delicious. The chocolate cake and ice cream very good. Raspberry cream horn light and airy. Well worth the money overall. The students really try their best.

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LynnP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was delicious! The students work very hard to make sure you have everything you need.

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BettyB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visit Casola every fall and it's always a good experience. This year I became gluten sensitive and it now is the driving force in any restaurant I go to. At Casola I ask the wait staff to ask the chef for foods that are gluten free and get the response. However, I don't think the chef is being asked because a decorative piece of food looked suspicious and I asked them to double check. Sure enough it had a gluten coating. It was easily removed but it could not have been noticed and it really doesn't take much for me to get a reaction. My suggestion is that the menu be marked with items that are gluten free. There would be no mistake if that was done.

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vipJohn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good!

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pegfromupstate
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

always enjoy casola and supporting the college. very happy with the new menus.
must mention their soups. always outstanding. they try so hard to please while learning.

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LaurenA
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have attended the dinner service several times and every time we have had a wonderful experience. The food is delicious and well prepared, the student waitstaff are all focused on doing their best, and the supervisors/teachers in attendance ensure everything runs smoothly. We always get an excellent meal & experience for the price.

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KarenG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Everyone in our party really, really enjoyed their meal!!! Our server seems nervous and a little unsure of herself, but she's just learning. Everytime we needed something she was right there. We were seated near the window and it was cold. So next time we will all be wearing our heavy sweaters or jackets. I know you have to take care of what music is played in the background with people having different taste, but I don't particularly like the music played. Maybe you could change it up a little. Italian maybe Frank Sinatra, England the Beatles, California the Beach Boys, and so on. Overall, I love dining at SCC, we always have a great meal and good conversation.

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BetsyS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Folks who get in need to know it's a learning experience for the students -- so service might not be spot on, but it is so worth the value! I love the changing menus. I especially love the dedication to fresh and local ingredients wherever possible. Keep it up SCCC!

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EllenO
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and had so much fun with our server Marie D!

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vipMsV2Lo
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal celebrating New England. Compliments to Chef Courtney and her students for yet another five star meal. The flavors of every course were a symphony in my mouth and absolutely masterful!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

One of the very best meals I’ve ever had. Having said that, however, the entree I chose was supposed to be pan seared scallops. Plural. I had a singular scallop. Now, the taste of the entire meal was very, very good. But to say the meal was accurately portrayed, hmm, I think not. A bit skimpy from the salad to the misnamed entree. My dining partner’s meal by contrast was three times the size of mine. Lol. My luck. Partner had the shrimp appetizer and pork chop. Truly worth the cost. I feel I loved my meal but not the cost for what I had. Surely one more scallop would not have broken the bank. 😋

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DonaldI
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was fantastic. We enjoyed the evening and our friends were extremely enthusiastic. The waiter for our table seemed ill at ease and did not communicate effectively with us. Hopefully his confidence will improve.

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RobinR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice night out. Especially for a Monday.
We wish getting a seat was easier, open table is often booked.

MB
MichaelB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Students are much better in the kitchen(my fish was cooked perfectly) than they are in the dining room. Students need to learn the correct serving side, leave pens with the bill and, in some cases, how to serve wine.

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BarbaraS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was my second visit to the Casola Dining Room. We had the same server as the last time.
However, he didn't check out my meal before serving it and left the vegetable off my plate. When I pointed this out, he took my plate, returned it to the kitchen and came back with the same plate and an additional small plate with the vegetable on it. It was very awkward trying to eat from two different plates. Other than that, it was a very pleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy coming here, each time is a pleasure.

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BarbaraS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first experience at the Casola Dining Room, and I was very impressed. From the formal table settings, the excellent service, the delicious food and the overall ambiance, my guest and I were treated like "royalty". Congratulations to the chefs, bakers and servers for a job well done. I would definitely recommend the Casola Dining Room to family and friends. I only wish it was a bit easier to get a reservation.

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JeanW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and value were incredible. Wait staff were attentive. Food was excellent and well presented.

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vipMsV2Lo
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, the food was excellent! The Bucatini all’Amatriciana was truly THE BEST I’ve ever had!!! Everything was delicious from start to finish including the Veal Chop and desserts. Our friendly and attentive server Sondra was very good as well.

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BarbaraM
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire dining experience was excellent ! Atmosphere, food and service were very nice! I would recommend this restaurant to family and friends. I try to go there at least once each semester. A treasure not to miss!

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Travelingmom
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each course of Brazilian food was delicious. The fish in the stew was cooked to perfection, not overdone. This is the second time I have had fish at Casola and each time it was done wonderfully. The kitchen graciously accomodated the needs of two of our party who were unable to eat spicy food.

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RobinR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Keep up the good work!
We enjoy trying the different menus options.
Food is well portioned. Everyone works hard .

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RandyA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE AS ALWAYS WILL BE GOING BACK SOON

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RalphALB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a wonderful time. Great food and value. Will go back again.

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Travelingmom
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our group of 6 had a lovely lunch with attentive service. My salmon was cooked exactly the way I requested, not overdone. Food presentation was very nice.

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