Vita Nova Restaurant

Vita Nova is the University of Delaware’s student-operated fine-dining restaurant, offering an award-winning lunch buffet Monday through Friday and elegant five-course dining Wednesday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. It is a University of Delaware tradition and an extraordinary dining experience.

The Vita Nova Bistro is open on select evenings and is available for events year round.

Both dining rooms are located on the second floor of the Trabant University Center, 17 W. Main St. in Newark, Delaware. Reservations are required.


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Hours and Reservations

Vita Nova

Vita Nova is now open for the Spring Semester. We will be closed from March 26 through April 1 for spring break. Our final date of service is May 16.

Make your reservation on OpenTable, by calling (302) 831-0500 or via email at If booking for more than 4 guests, please call or email.

Lunch: Monday-Friday with reservations from 11:30 am-12:30 pm.
Dinner: Wednesday-Friday with reservations from 5:30-6:30 pm.


Private dining arrangements can be made in the Bistro by calling (302) 831-0500 or emailing (We do not accept online OpenTable reservations for the Bistro.) This space is available year round with food and beverage service through Vita Nova or UD Catering.

Equipped with projector and display screens, the Bistro offers a unique atmosphere to host meetings, receptions and other events. Please email for availability and more info.


The Trabant Parking Garage is adjacent to the Trabant Center and requires that you pay upon arrival and enter your license plate number. The PassportParking mobile app can also be used at the garage. For more information please visit the Parking Services website.

Gift Cards and Cookbook

Vita Nova gift cards and 20th Anniversary Cookbook are now available for purchase online.

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A Learning Laboratory

The hospitality industry values students who have applied their knowledge in hands-on environments. Vita Nova serves as a learning laboratory for students in the Lerner College’s Department of Hospitality and Sport Business Management.

Each student gets a diverse educational experience by rotating through 17 different positions both in the dining room and in the kitchen. Students gain invaluable culinary, service and management experience in this learning lab.

In Latin, “vita nova” means “new life” or a new beginning, a particularly appropriate name since Vita Nova is the last applied classroom experience for each HOSP student before beginning a new life in the hospitality business.