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Vita Nova - University of Delaware

$$ - $$$American,
17 W Main St, Closed For the Summer, re-opens after Labor Day, Newark, DE 19716-6197
+1 302-831-0500
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good13%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“lunch” (13 reviews)
“popovers” (2 reviews)
“salad” (7 reviews)
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American, Contemporary
$$ - $$$
17 W Main St, Closed For the Summer, re-opens after Labor Day, Newark, DE 19716-6197
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Made reservations at Vita Nova for a visit with my Son who is a student at UDEL . They only had space in the Bistro but before arriving they phoned me to offer a change to the dining room because another party cancelled , that...More

Thank Joseph N
Reviewed 14 October 2017

My daughter is a senior at the University of Delaware, and although she has dined here several times and raved about the experience, my husband and I never got around to going until now, her senior year! We planned ahead and finally secured a lunch...More

Thank sunlovingfamily
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Love, love this place for fine 5 course meal. Prepare for a leisurely paced dining experience. Be sure to converse w/your waitstaff to find out more about these great students w/a vision in the restaurant business.

Thank pattianneroot
Reviewed 27 April 2017

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...More

Thank Jennifer C
Vita N, Manager at Vita Nova - University of Delaware, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

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...More

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"....More

Thank matous
Vita N, Manager at Vita Nova - University of Delaware, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2017

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!

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...More

Thank nskaye
Vita N, Manager at Vita Nova - University of Delaware, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2017

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...More

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!More

Thank Rodvalente
Vita N, Manager at Vita Nova - University of Delaware, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2016

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...More

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...More

Thank ghpkap
Vita N, Manager at Vita Nova - University of Delaware, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2016

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...More

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...More

1  Thank cranberries0928
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...More

2  Thank HotelPhd
VN_UD, Manager at Vita Nova - University of Delaware, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2016

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!...More

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Lisa C
2 April 2016|
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Response from cranberries0928 | Reviewed this property |
Price around $30-50. There are some vegan choices but this would not be a good option for a vegan diner as you will miss most of what they have to offer. I'd suggest calling ahead because the menu changes daily.
Meg M
24 November 2015|
Response from VN_UD | Property representative |
Hello Meg, Thank you for your inquiry about Vita Nova. Our price range for dinners is $30-$42. The 4-course pricing depends on the entree chosen and includes an appetizer trio, a salad, entree and dessert. We hope to see... More
4 November 2015|
Response from VN_UD | Property representative |
Good morning, Our dress code is business casual. Hope to see you soon!
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
11:30 AM - 8:30 PM
11:30 AM - 8:30 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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