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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Food is awesome!! Tables a little tooooooo close for comfort !! Not interested in neighbors conversations !!"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "This was not our first meal at The Tailor and the Cook, but had been a while since our last. The moment you walk in the door, you are greeted with warm, friendly smiles. The room is alive with sighs, sounds and smells. The food is top notch, but the service is where they really shine. All of our servers were friendly and attentive- and they knew the product. I would recommend others to dine here."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We look forward to every chance we have to go to The Tailor and the Cook. The food is exceptional and the service is superb. We are so lucky to have this restaurant in the Utica area. They are setting a standard that us unmatched."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had a great time the food was good and service was friendly. We never felt rushed. We live in Florida, and had been there for at least 8 months, but we were still remembered, that made a really impression on us. You can bet that we will be back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "It's to noisey.They neede acoustical panels on the wall."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This restaurant always makes You feel like the only table in the restaurant. Wait staff are wonderful... Chef is accommodating... Food and drink delicious. Always a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Loved everything about this gem of a restaurant! Excellent food, excellent service!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Excellent food--locally sourced. Exceptionally tasty"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This place just keeps getting better and better! Worth the 1 hour drive anytime!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was delicious and different from regular area restaurants. A nice break from the norm. Liked that they serve area grown foods. Service was excellent. Ambiance was like being in NYC. Nice to have a place to go to when we want to treat ourselves to a special evening. I am a desert lover... absolutely loved the home made goats milk gelato!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was phenomenal and I never realized how "Great" locally grown food can be when its professionally prepared. Service was very very good, the waiters, host, bartender, and The Chef's make you feel very comfortable and treat you with the highest respect. I highly recommend"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I have been trying to get to The Tailor and the Cook since it opened. I finally made it the other night. It was beyond what I had hoped for, and so worth the wait. We started with the selection of local cheeses, each one superb for their individual flavors and textures. Also enjoyed the charcuterie plate with an assortment of smoked and dried meats as well as duck confit. The simple green salad was a perfect bridge from starters to entrees. I had the shrimp and clams with lamb sausage and my husband had the venison chop with baby kale and french toast. The restaurant is beautiful! Simple table sets, beautiful use of the buildings original architecture and appetizing decor. The service was exceptional with great attention to detail."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Went here for my girlfriend's birthday after reading rave reviews. With high expectations we were not disappointed. All of the food and ingredients are local / organic which the waitstaff is very informative about. The atmosphere is very rustic and intimate. Now for the food, it's very cuisine style and very different from the typical Italian / American style around here. The bread, appetizer, salad and entree were all incredible. I literally scraped my plate when I was done due to how good it was. Everyone was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was dim and intimate, great place for a one on one night out to relax. I would highly recommend T&C not only for the experience but also for their use of all local products."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "No better restaurant in cny. Bar none best food you'll find, and the service is beyond reproach."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Easily the best restaurant in the Central NY area. Great food prepared and presented in a way that stands out from other area restaurants. Knowledgeable and friendly staff that takes pride in using locally sourced products."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had reservations at 7:30 arrived 7:25 was seated right away.Had very good selection of drinks and beers.Menu was explained very well to us.Each diner was served a piece of fresh tasty bread and butter for starters.Next we had a cheese plate that was good although not really much cheese.Salads were served next and were very good And fresh.Waitress explained everything that wasin the salad.Next came our dinners.I had the veal chop which was cooked good and was very tender.The potatoes and vegetable were burned Crisp is one thing burned is another.Everything besides the chop had a very deep burned taste which ruined dinner.My wife had duck breast which she said was very tasteful.Other diner had shrimp and clams which was also good."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Exceptional food! Exceptional service! Great wine list! Dined on the patio which enabled us to interact with a wide range of people. A great time!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife and I live in the greater Utica area and chose our first time at Taylor and the Cook for our anniversary. Everything about our dining experience was outstanding. We try to eat as much locally grown and organic as possible. The "birthplace" of all of our food was explained in detail, right down to the butter! The wait staff was friendly, personable, and down to earth. Last but not least, the food tasted unbelievable! I will and already have, recommend The Taylor and the Cook to all of my friends. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This is Central New York's premiere dining venue. Everthing cooked with passion and genius."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "best restaurant in the utica area. belongs in a big city."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I loved this resturant, our waitress had great ideas and suggestions and I loved it!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My wife and I treated my son and his fiance to dinner to celebrate her graduation from medical school and residency in California. Our experience was so good at the Tailor and Cook that we're sure she will be judging Los Angeles restaurants based on her terrific dinner in Utica. My son lives in Boston and he's not been to a better served or better tasting dinner. She is from Hartford, Ct. and said the same thing. His Bluefish was perfect, my filet Mignon rich and tasty, and my wife's local chicken was as good as she's ever had. Our waitress took time to describe each of our choices and answer our questions. The bar tenders were pretty cool too (where else can you get a freshly squeezed lime gimlet!) A wonderful dining experience! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Upon entering the restaurant the maître d greeted us immediately with a smile. Refreshing! We arrived a half hour before our reservation so we could sit and have a drink prior to dinner. The two bartenders were outstanding! We have never been to a restaurant where the bartenders know as much as the wait staff in regard to the food and wine list. We felt at home from the moment we walked in. Once we were seated for dinner our waitress made this experience even better with her knowledge and suggestions. Again, a pleasant smile and happy demeanor are behaviors that are missing in most establishments today and can make or break your dinner experience. The food was fabulous, from the duck breast to the Blue fish special, we will be back again"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I will go back. Everything was great. I do not think this necessitates a 50-character review."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Fourth time at The Taylor and the Cook and I have never been disappointed. Love everything about it!! Always a wonderful dining experience!!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The service was impeccable. The only issue I had was that due to the tables being so close together, the noise level was loud and it was difficult to hear the other diner at my table (we were sitting next to a group of 6 diners)."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Service was wonderful, and atmosphere was good. The special (ribeye steak) was flavorful and cooked as ordered, but contained about 4 or 5 small edible bites. The scallops appetizer was salty and was replaced. We ordered 4 different desserts that were average. The restaurant became smokey when the cook was grilling. Our reservations were early on a Wed. night, so parking was adequate. Overall we enjoyed our experience, but won't hurry back. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We had heard many good things regarding The Tailor and the Cook. From the moment that we walked in the door we knew we were in for something special. From the drinks to the food it was a complete dinning experience. The entire staff was professional in every sense of the word. Just one word; OUTSTANDING ! Thank you all"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Not sure how scale works for noise level but there were no issues with that at this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/3/2014