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Using OpenTable at Cornell

With limited dine-in seating available in our residential dining rooms, and a need to space out guests coming in for takeout, we are using the third-party OpenTable service to offer reservations for dine-in seating.

Starting Friday, February 19th, OpenTable reservations are required only for dine-in guests! For takeout, join us at whatever time is convenient, with no reservation needed.

We suggest installing the OpenTable app on your iPhone or Android device, but OpenTable can also be used via mobile or desktop web browser. You will need to create a user account on OpenTable. You don't need to have a meal plan to eat in our eateries or to make reservations, and there is no fee to use OpenTable to make a reservation.

  • Access OpenTable at or download iPhone or Android app

We won't be offering group reservations for dine-in seating. All seats are spaced for individual diners with six feet on all sides, so you'll need to search for a reservation for a party of 1.

When using OpenTable for the first time, change your party size to 1 and search for "Cornell," or search the name of the dining room you'd like to visit, such as "North Star" or "Becker House."

Once you pick your dining room and select a time, you can select Dine-In.

There will be a line host to greet people at our residential dining rooms and check reservations with the OpenTable service. Guests who don't have a reservation will be asked to wait for available seating.

While walk-ins are allowed, our staff will be using OpenTable to manage the line, so we suggest taking a moment on your way to the eatery to submit a reservation so as to save a step. If you don't have a smartphone, just use a web browser on any computer or mobile device to make your reservation before heading to the eatery.

We're extending hours at dining rooms so everyone has time to come in despite our reduced capacity.