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Vita Nova - University of Delaware

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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
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Mon - Tue 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wed - Fri 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 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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1 Thank cranberries0928
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 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 

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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 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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Carneys Point, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 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 

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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 

Newark, Delaware
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The food was delicious but it took four hours to be served and receive our bill! No explanation from the staff who, otherwise, did a great job. Also, there was an extra charge on our bills. At first we thought it was a tip but we were told that it wasn't. Have to pay tip in cash. Would go back... More 

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

Hello Valerie, Thank you for your review. We appreciate all feedback we receive, both positive and negative, as it lets us evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of our program. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the food! We take great pride in the food we serve. As for the length of time you spent on your dining experience, we place... More 

Newark Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Not open at all times, However, it is run by Univ of Delaware students studying resturants and the service required. We have been here several times, and always enjoyed the food, the great service by the students, and the envirnment.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

It's a shame every city does not have their own version of Vita Nova. Any discerning diner knows the paucity of good service, product, and presentation in today's restaurant landscape. Even supposed high-end establishments fall short in one of the above categories, and the prime culprit tends to be lack of training and poor management. Vita Nova is dusting off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Very nice place to have a meal inside UD campus. I don't know the price since I attend some events everytime. The environment is good, food is good and service is good!

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

Thank you for your kind words! The feedback we receive from guests is so meaningful to our students and serves as an important part of their learning experience. We truly appreciate you taking the time to review our restaurant. We are glad you enjoyed all aspects of your experience and hope to have you dine with us again! More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$30 - $45
Cuisine
American, Contemporary
Meals
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
Romantic
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
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
Description
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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