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Vita Nova - University of Delaware

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17 West Main Street, Newark, DE 19716 (South College)
+1 302-831-0500
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11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wed - Fri 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Vita Nova offers two separate dining rooms for different dining...
Vita Nova offers two separate dining rooms for different dining experiences. Our main dining room is full of students with knowledge of French, American, and Russian tableside service. The four-course dining experience ranges from $29.50-$42.50. For a more casual atmosphere, the Darden Bistro is set-up for small parties that love to enjoy an A La Carte menu with many great wines. This A La Carte menu ranges from $6.50-$14.50. To make reservations for either the main dining room, or the Darden Bistro
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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 3
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Unique evening with good food and service. Hidden Gem.

I recently enjoyed the opening night at Vita Nova. This is a teaching Resturant at the University of Delaware. This makes it a unique dining experience. As this was the first opening night of the new semester all of the servers were brand new. What ghe lacked in training and experience they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Edward R
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Greenville, Delaware, United States
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Reservations
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Greenville, Delaware, United States
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I recently enjoyed the opening night at Vita Nova. This is a teaching Resturant at the University of Delaware. This makes it a unique dining experience. As this was the first opening night of the new semester all of the servers were brand new. What ghe lacked in training and experience they more then made up for in ethusiasm. The... More 

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

Thank you very much for your most gracious comments about your experience on opening night, we truly appreciate you taking the time to review our student run restaurant. We look forwarding to welcoming you back soon! More 

Wilmington, DE
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Took my husband for his 60th birthday and we truly enjoyed it. The service is awesome. The students do a very good job of serving and you can talk with them about what they plan to do after graduation. Very knowledgeable staff!

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

Thank you for visiting our student run restaurant and for taking the time to share your positive experience about our service and staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best regards, Venka Pyle, Manager Vita Nova More 

Newark, Delaware USA
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The menu is interesting but limited and the student servers really try hard, but each time I leave Vita Nova I feel something was missing. While the food is not fantastic, it is still good. The menu is pre-fix, with a fixed starter and choice of salad and dessert. I think a good start would be the location, being in... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to comment on our student run restaurant that is part of the Hotel Restaurant Management program at the University of DE. Our students work very hard to provide excellent food and service while learning about restaurant operations at the same time. We are sorry we did not meet your expectation on your past visits.... More 

Middletown, Delaware
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

If you are looking for an upscale, unique luncheon location in Newark I heartily recommend Vita Nova, the student staffed University of Delaware restaurant. Located on the second floor of the student Trabant Center, the buffet luncheon includes soup, salad, appetizers, fresh rolls, multiple entrees, desserts, and beverage -- all for $14.95 per person. You will have exceptionally attentive servers,... More 

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

Thank you for your most gracious comments about our food and staff! It means a lot to us to hear from our guests directly and thanks for taking the time to write. Our students are happy to be learning in the Vita Nova environment and I am pleased that you enjoyed their presence. We hope to see you again soon... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It doesn't get better than this. Vita Nova is an absolutely lovely upscale restaurant operated by UD students majoring in hotel and restaurant management. The food was tasty, sophisticated, attractively presented, and made from high quality ingredients. (The creme brulee with raspberry sauce was incredible). Plus, it was fun to be served by enthusiastic students who were keen on providing... More 

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Thank you for the kind words and compliments concerning the food and service at Vita Nova! We look forward to welcoming you at our restaurant soon again! Sincerely, The Vita Nova Team More 

Newark, Delaware
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Vita Nova is an excellent dining experience. I have been there several times for lunch, and enjoyed every meal. The restaurant is run by the UD HRIM students, and they do a great job. The lunch is a buffet, with soup, salad, two entrees, sides and a carving station. The desserts are delicious, especially the creme brulee. The restarant is... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Vita Nova will provide you with an exceptional upscale dining experience. The food is delicious, the ambiance is pleasant, and the service is impeccable! It offers everything you would expect and more!!

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Newark, Delaware
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I've been to Vita Nova several times for lunch. It's unique in that the food is prepared and served by university students as part of their course work. I've never been disappointed with the food and the service is outstanding. I would give the students a grade of A+!

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atlanta
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Our table of four had a great night at Vita Nova. Though in the U. Del. student center, once you are inside, you feel like you are in a fine dining establishment (save for the walk down the classroom hallway to the restrooms). Allow plenty of time for the different courses and the attentive, to say the least, service. The... More 

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Newark, Delaware, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Compared with many restaurants I've been in Newark DE, this restaurant impressed me a lot, excellent service provided by UD HRIM student, as they are in learning process, every detailed service has been considered. Of course, the food there was great as well, very nice presentation, very tasty! everything was wonderful, if you have time, just go there, and try... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17 West Main Street, Newark, DE 19716
    (South College)
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Newark
  • Phone Number: +1 302-831-0500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 45
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance

Description

Vita Nova offers two separate dining rooms for different dining experiences. Our main dining room is full of students with knowledge of French, American, and Russian tableside service. The four-course dining experience ranges from $29.50-$42.50. For a more casual atmosphere, the Darden Bistro is set-up for small parties that love to enjoy an A La Carte menu with many great wines. This A La Carte menu ranges from $6.50-$14.50. To make reservations for either the main dining room, or the Darden Bistro
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm

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