The Tailor and the Cook
The Tailor and the Cook

The Tailor and the Cook

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thetailorandthecook.com/
  • Phone: 3157937444
  • 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 Service
The Tailor and the Cook reviews from OpenTable diners
176 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (130)fit for foodies (123)romantic (93)neighborhood gem (85)notable wine list (66)hot spot (57)good for groups (17)late-night find (16)great for outdoor dining (16)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (3)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Disappointing Food and Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our 4th time here. I've always had average meals but my husband usually enjoys it. Today was an exception; we were both very disappointed. Tables are far too close, between neighbors right on top of you and having to talk over the open kitchen right behind, privacy is impossible. Twice our waitress had to stop mid-sentence to move to the other side of our 2-person table to try to get out of the way of our neighbors, and when I went to leave it was difficult to do so without putting my butt in my neighbors' plates. Scallop appetizer was delicious (but 3 scallops for $11 is a little high.) The crust on the bread was burnt. We both had a shrimp and clam dish; clams were far too chewy and shrimp was undercooked. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better every time
    JRoc
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife & I have eaten here about a dozen times. We have never had a bad meal or anything that wasn't perfect. Everytime we leave we say it was the best meal yet! Jimmy provides excellant service and the food is beyond fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, great vibe
    JEvans
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Visited for the first time on a Friday night, and found the food and service to be excellent. The veal chop and filet were cooked perfectly and we enjoyed the presentation of each dish. Do not skip dessert! The gelato with the espresso is delicious paired with an espresso martini!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dont pass this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Traveled the world and this restaurant is top notch. Creative dishes using farm fresh vegetables, try the peppers with garlic, outstanding. Large variety of wine or beer to complement any meal choice. Ask for Sara as your waitress and she will devote a lot of time describing the menu not just rattling off the specials off a pad. She makes great recommendation on the beer choices. If your lucky enough to have her as your waitress your night will be complete. The duck and filet mignon were excellent as well as the salads and the cheesecake and rhubarb crisp . Wish it was closer to Jersey!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another excellent meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I have dined at Tailor and the Cook well over a dozen times now. The restaurant is remarkably consistent. I just want to emphasize that the service was, again, excellent. The men and women on the wait staff are always attentive, well informed, and very pleasant. Having worked in restaurants, I'm especially impressed by their timing, which always makes for a well paced, unhurried atmosphere and meal. This is the best restaurant in our region of New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Tailor and the cook may be my new favorite restaurant. The space itself has an industrial feel to it; brick walls, exposed piping, it's reminiscent of something you would find in NYC or Boston. It's small but it creates that intimate dining experience you want in a place like this. Their bar is stocked with top shelf liquor and they have a wine list 3 pages long. Our food came out perfectly timed. We had enough time to chat and enjoy a glass of wine before we we're served two perfectly cooked dishes. I had the filet and it was amazing. Nicely seared on the outside, juicy pink on the inside. It was so tender I hardly had to chew. Definitely the best filet I have had in the area and it was only second to one I had in Vegas.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Great Experience
    Kyle13501
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It's wonderful to see a modern restaurant like The Tailor & the Cook making creative new dishes using local ingredients. Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The place is on the outskirts of Utica, not easily accessible (we had to do a couple of u-turns to find get there), but the trip was worth it. The food is fair to table, so if you care about where your food comes from, and also think eating locally grown food is better for you and the planet, then you can't go wrong at this restaurant. The appetizers were delicious, the open kitchen and exposed brick gives the place a vibrant energy. We were impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food and service were top notch. All local ingredients. If u want excellent food with excellent service go here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night
    datenightchick
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My husband and I love any chance we get to get to the Tailor and the Cook...birthdays, anniversaries, just because. We love that the menu is seasonal and that we can always find something new to try. Every course is phenomenal, from drinks th dessert. The staff is so pleasant, patient, and knowledgeable. If you enjoy trying new flavors and combinations, the Tailor and the Cook is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant as ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a homerun
    Bistate8
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Tailor & the Cook
    JW1013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Expeience
    Gastronomique22
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ivanilla9
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in the area. It always serves excellent local food - prepared to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Phenomenal dining experience
    Cuisinemachine
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out
    Garmer
    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?
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very hip
    HastoBhip
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Locally Grown Food
    Psm1234
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food!
    leesi
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing entree
    ddelliottaz
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    KDD9
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Dining Experience
    JimC
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful!
    Paulam6060
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Once again the Tailor and the Cook delivers! Wonderful meal, great service, overall lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tailor and the Cook
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dinning
    Connoisseur
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the weight
    Bonnie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pride in Local
    Randy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the drive from CT
    RTHabu
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nearly perfect
    sylvandiva
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    Mickfury
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Never been to a better restaurant in America with a more caring staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time diners
    LizM
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were impressed that they try to get local, sustainable food whenever possible. The service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food and service was outstanding. Love the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful!
    molerc
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    As usual the Tailor and the Cook is tops with us. We have always had a great time eating there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of the Best
    Loveage
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Food is awesome!! Tables a little tooooooo close for comfort !! Not interested in neighbors conversations !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tailor and Cook
    Geri
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.