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The Tailor and the Cook
The Tailor and the Cook

The Tailor and the Cook Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thetailorandthecook.com/
  • Phone: (315) 793-7444
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Tailor and the Cook
Enjoy masterfully prepared meals in a relaxed and hospitable setting. Our chefs create seasonal menus based on freshness and the availability of local products. We can't wait to meet you!
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is my primary choice for entertaining guests from out of town. It provides congruency when I tell them where Utica and the whole region is headed. The menu is fantastic but I can't remember the last time I didn't get one of the specials! Have never had anything short of an amazing experience here."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Dinner was superb; the menu offers excellent choices (which changes, depending on the season). Service is very good - attentive without being suffocating. Makes for a great special evening."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I had heard so many good things about The Tailor & the Cook, and it lived up to every thing I had heard! The food was beyond wonderful, beautifully presented and delicious. The service was impeccable. We were immediately seated and the staff was attentive without being overbearing. From the appetizers through dessert, the entire meal lived up to my expectations. It's pricey for this area but absolutely worth coming to for a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Sampling the local cheeses from the cheese plate appetizer with a good red wine is possibly the best part of the meal, but everything is thoughtfully and tastefully done. This place has it figured out."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "In Utica over night- selected this restaurant through trip advisor - great service - thanks Lindsey - veal meatballs to die for- chocolate cake fabulous- veal chop somewhat chewy and fatty but tasty- sides are great= lamb sausage sprinkled over clams and shrimp dish was a nice touch. Highly recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant in the area. It always serves excellent local food - prepared to perfection."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The Tailor and Cook is one of my favorite restaurants to go to for a delicious dinner with a twist on local foods. They always do a great job and the menu reflects the fresh in season foods that we have to offer. Our service was outstanding and I'll be back."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Good reason to not be in a hurry, b/c the dining experience here is exceptional. A little noisy, b/c of the close table proximity, but food and service are always outstanding. I absolutely love their commitment to support local economy."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Delicious food, perfectly prepared, artistically arranged on the plate, and served by an attententive and knowledgable wait staff. What more could you ask for?"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Visiting the Tailor and the Cook was on my summer "bucket list" and my experience lived up to my anticipation. What a wonderful addition to our city. This is by far the hippest restaurant in the Mohawk Valley. Loved the decor, the ambiance, the staff, the food, the whole concept. Bagg Square is truly transforming and The Tailor and the Cook is an integral part of this transformation. I am now anxiously waiting for the opening of the French bakery down the block in which the Tailor and Cook will be partnering in!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "My fiancé and I had a wonderful experience at The Tailor and the Cook! This was our first time there and it did not disappoint. Even though we had reservations at 7:30pm, we did not get seated until around 7:50 which we didn't really mind, but as we were waiting, the bartender came over and offered us a drink. Our waitress, Melissa, was extremely nice and knowledgable about the food and drinks. We will definitely be returning in the near future!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I took my wife and daughter here for dinner. My daughter has lived in London, China and all over Europe. She said this is her favorite place to eat world wide. Amazing to get food like this in Utica, NY. I won't bore you with the particulars of our meal, I'll just tell you the ingredients are locally grown and served perfectly. Ten minutes off the NYS Thruway exit 31, stop in for a foodie treat."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Was in Utica for a wedding and had time for a dinner the night before. After an online search, I made reservations for The Taylor and The Cook because of all the great reviews and they were right. My husband and I loved the food and wished we lived closer by to eat there more often. Great service as well. Highly recommended!!!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We were looking forward to our dinner here after all the rave reviews, but were disappointed with our main entrees. The appetizer (sauteed peppers) were great, as was the bread (only one small piece each), and the salad was good, but our main entrees were disappointing. The stuffed squash had ground lamb that was inedible (tough, hard to chew) and the crust of the pollack was surprisingly tough (although the body of the fish was good). The surrounding sauce and carrots of the squash was delicious. They were kind enough to comp the squash, which we appreciated. A chocolate dessert was also delicious. Perhaps an off night, mixed results for us."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This restaurant offers a wide selection of high quality, tasty food that is all grown locally. The vegetables served were all fresh and in season from local farms. The wait staff was very knowledgable about the food served and happily answered questions about farms and growing. The fresh and creatively served food is well worth the price."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This particular experience was (as expected) truly superb. I brought my sister from Baltimore and her friend who were visiting to The Tailor and the Cook for dinner. All 3 of us are "foodies" and all 3 of us have enjoyed meals across the country (and in other countries) -- the food and beverages and the service were all off-the-charts as far as being SUPERB. My sister & her friend had just returned from 8 weeks out west after spending a month in some of the finest European eateries in Paris and Berlin -- they agreed the evening at The Tailor & The Cook was incredibly good. Being local, I frequent the T-&-C every week and have never been disappointed -- never had a problem."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Once again the Tailor and the Cook delivers! Wonderful meal, great service, overall lovely evening!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food and service was what we expected...very good. However the noise level made it difficult to converse. Also, with the low level lighting, the menu as difficult to read."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Excellent food and atmosphere, and they have they refreshing willingness to tailor (no pun intended) the dishes to individual tastes and preferences. The menu is not inexpensive for the Mohawk Valley, but still reasonable in the context of class and quality; you would pay twice as much in NYC. You leave having had not just a good meal, but a enjoyable experience. I would particularly recommend it for special occasions, out of town guests, or a nice cocktail after a Comets win.l"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Excellent dining experience. Could only be improved by reducing the amount of noise in the restaurant. Food was unique and beautifully presented. A special occasion restaurant for sure."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant that takes pride in everything local. They are in an old retail space and helping revive a part of downtown Utica. Staff was great and food was excellent."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A visit to "The Tailor & the Cook" was well worth the drive from Connecticut. The dinner was amazing starting with the fresh baked bread and marvelous maple syrup butter. A cheese platter followed with a variety of locally made cheeses which our server did an excellent job describing in detail. The main courses were also raised in the Mohawk Valley and were the best I've had in a long time. Make sure you save room for the cheesecake with fresh berries as you will not be disappointed. My only complaint was the tables are a little close together, but this shouldn't keep anyone away from Utica's best restaurant. I will definitely be back the next time I'm in the area."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Outstanding appetizer of lamb merguez sausage. Great mains of flat-iron steak and veal chop. Sensational strawberry cheesecake dessert. We loved the Seam Ripper cocktail and sparkling rose wine. We did not live being billed an extra 30 for cocktails we never ordered and never drank."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Never been to a better restaurant in America with a more caring staff"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were impressed that they try to get local, sustainable food whenever possible. The service was impeccable."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food and service was outstanding. Love the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "As usual the Tailor and the Cook is tops with us. We have always had a great time eating there."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "After not having been to the Tailor and Cook for more than 6 months I was delighted that things only got better than I remembered. The waitress remembered us and treated us as if we were regulars. The lamb sausage starter was the perfect start. The salad though small was tasty. The pork chop was perfectly cooked, but I could do without the lovage (it overwhelmed everything else). My date had the haddock. There was plenty of food on our plates and we were well sated. We skipped dessert. This place has great service and the food to match."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Food is awesome!! Tables a little tooooooo close for comfort !! Not interested in neighbors conversations !!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "As always, an awesome dining experience. Family asks to dine here whenever in town. The atmosphere is electric; the food is incredibly good and is presented wonderfully. Menu selection is superb, interesting and a tasty tribute to the palate. The plating is an event in and of itself and enhances the dining exploration. Inventive drinks. Seared scallops awesome!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This is a great local restaurant that really utilizes a farm to table approach sourcing it's produce and meats etc from local farms. The menu and the taste reflect the freshness and quality of the ingredients"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Once I described the Tailor and the Cook as the best restaurant within 50 miles. This recent occasion, at least our fourth, may have extended the mileage to 75. A very good meal for a special occasion, but certainly a good spot for a great night out. The staff is very good; we've had the same waiter for three of the times we've been there, and he's excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was our second visit. The first time was much better. For some reason, we didn't get the complimentary shooters, amuse bouches and my wife's dessert was not fully cooked. We sat watching everyone else getting the other complimentary items, but since we already had our entrees, what's the point in asking at that point? For the price, it should have been top notch, but it wasn't. We went for our anniversary and were a little disappointed, especially when the rhubarb was as hard as celery in the rhubarb crumble."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "While the presentation was exquisite, most of the selections lacked flavor and excitement. The lamb sausage appetizer was the best part of the meal. My pork chop was dry (ordered pink) and the garlic (A forgotten ingredient) polenta was soupy. Soft shell crab, which got mixed reviews, primarily too much cilantro. The very expensive desserts were a big disappointment,chocolate tart had no depth of flavor and the vanilla gelato was tasteless. While the Shiraz and organic Chardonnay were a big hit, the narrow beer menu was greatly over shadowed by the novella of a wine list. Wait staff was very pleasant but the host ( could not figure out who that really was) left us hanging at the bar. For $300 and all the hype, I was very disappointed."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "good value for the price,,,be sure to make reservation....restaurant was VERY busy on a Thursday evening....looked to us like a lot of locals were there"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We eat here when ever we can. It is far and away the best meal, best service and best evening in Utica. Not cheap but always a perfect experience. Take someone that you want to impress!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Excellent staff and food. A little pricey but worth it for the occasional treat."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "quite trendy, loved the service and the wait staff. not great for vegaterians but for the rest of the world there are delightful options. a little too noisy for a romantic dinner. very impressed with their choice of using local food sources."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This restaurant is a little out of the way so if you don't know Utica, you may have a difficult time finding it. Good wine selection, several beers on tap, and outstanding wait staff make the beginning of your meal very enjoyable. The appetizer selection included a locally sourced cheese plate (including local honey comb) that I would recommend. 3 out of 4 people at my table ordered the steak entree. The steaks were cooked correctly but were under-seasoned and unfortunately included a large glob of pesto on top of the meat itself that was difficult to get around. Standard desserts, nothing to write home about."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Visited town this weekend & dined with friends Saturday night for the the first time. We were blown away. If you are going to be in Utica make sure your trip includes snagging a hard to get reservation for dinner here. IF you live in Utica or the immediate area and you haven't been - what in the world are you waiting for? Creative, innovative, fresh and delicious farm to table food cooked with love and delivered via exception service. My veal brisket entree with fresh greens and pearl barley was a heavenly delight... a handful of amuse bouche sent by the chef - beet & strawberry gazpacho, asparagus custard with smoked sea salt - enhanced the meal and our senses as we enjoyed great conversation and the lovely warm vibe of the space. GO!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014