Ancora!

4.6
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Italian for encore, Ancora! is located adjacent to the historic Stanley Theatre and is one of the area’s premier dining establishments.

With its concrete-exposed high ceilings, stage lighting, custom-designed wine tower bar, open kitchen, colorful, local artwork and seasonal outdoor seating, Ancora! is the perfect blend of rustic old-world and urban design.

Featuring Mediterranean-inspired, mouthwatering cuisine, including a signature select tapas menu, Ancora! will have you begging for more.

Shared with friends or cherished alone, Ancora! is the ideal compliment to any evening, conversation or show.
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TD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service, good choice of wines by the glass or bottle. By far the best strip steak I've ever had! Can't wait to go back!

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!
Will go back soon. Risotto is exceptional. Waitress provided outstanding attentive service. Raspberry cheesecake crepe was out of this world!!!

H
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good food. Service was quick. Server was delightful! Forgot our bread but other than that all was good!

RO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience! Staff was professional and courteous. Owner was extremely welcoming as well as caring.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tim was a very entertaining and attentive server. Food and drinks are always good. Crepes are amazing!

JA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fine establishment in Utica. We had great service, fantastic food and priced very reasonably. We went in a Thursday night.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience2

All of the pastas were undercooked didn’t even eat them. They only took one off the bill. Took forever to be serviced. It was my birthday and I felt bad for all my friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Never disappoints!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I made reservations for Ancora for New Year’s Eve night. Our table was ready at the time requested. The waitress was pleasant and friendly. Our food was wonderful. We ordered an appetizer, salad, and two entrees. Everything was amazing. I loved the environment. I am looking forward to dining ya this restaurant again!

TS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here! Food is amazing. Service is friendly, fast and welcoming and the ambiance of the place is super comfortable.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food as always!

DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of four on New Year’s Eve. Dinner was outstanding. Greens were delicious and the Gorgonzola potatoes were to die for. Our steaks were cooked perfectly and were juicy and tender. My husband loved the shrimp riggies. We had two crepes for dessert and the table was split on which one was more delicious. Service was great and even though it was a major holiday, we did not feel rushed at all. We will definitely be back. We had two appetizers, four dinners, eight cocktails and two desserts and our bill was under $210.00. Perfection.

TB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Mike was our server this evening and did a great job. We started off with Calamari and Greens, and of course a bottle of Pinot Noir. Party of 3 with 1 Rack of Lamp, Filet, and Chicken Francaise. Everything was delicious. We ended with Creme Burlee and always completes it for us. Love the food, atmosphere, and service. Always pleases!

m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal at Ancora. The food is always delicious and the staff courteous. The owner is also very friendly to customers and truly appreciates his customers. I've been frequenting Ancora since it opened. It also has a great vibe. I highly recommend Ancora.

LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our waiter, Greg was very friendly and efficient. I have an allergy to garlic and they went out of their way to ensure that changes were made to my dish. The food was delicious and hot. We will return again.

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You dont know what your missing if you haven't eaten there put this place on your bucket list great food and people

MN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There for dinner before a concert by Styx at The Stanley which is next door. Good food, large portions...the meatballs are huge, Bartender/Server for us...excellent and she didnt stop moving the two hours we were there.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The beet salad and the fig/prosciutto/goat cheese flatbread were quite good. The flatbread was smothered in aruguia (good) but it disguised the distribution of the prosciutto such that I thought there wasn't much. It was just not evenly distributed over the flatbread. Perhaps having less arugula or having it a bit more on the side might make the presentation better and show the toppings better.

KS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food is good at this busy restaurant and service was excellent. The noise level is tough but it is what it is on a Saturday night. I would return.

K
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Ancora because their food is always consistent and delicious. I order the salmon dish almost every time, it comes with risotto and spinach. The portions are great and prices are very reasonable for the great quality food and service. The ceasor salad is like no other, always fresh and delicious it must be homemade dressing because it is like no other. The dessert cannot be beat, I can’t leave without my peanut butter chocolate crepe.

KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary and happened to get there right after the crowd left for a show at the Stanley Theater next door so we were the only ones there for a little while. It's a nice setting, especially if you can get the window seat. Food was great as always and our service was great. They even brought out two glasses of champagne as an anniversary toast!

L
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great meal. It was lunchtime so not that hectic, but still a great vibe. Ancora is one of my top places to eat. Had the roasted beet salad with chicken, usually have it with salmon, which is always very good. The chicken was a little plain, will go back to the salmon!

CJ
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in Utica, and Ancora! was recommended. Made reservations online (easy and convenient!) Utica greens were fantastic!!! Fabulous paella and bananas foster crepe delicious! Highly recommend!

JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food for the 5 of us was very was very good except for the NY Strip Steak. Small, tasteless.
Greens Ancora are the best in the city.
The restaurant was very bright, too bright.
Service was very good.

R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! One of Utica’s best!

BW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always! Highly recommended Ancora for any occasion.

HW
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ancora was excellent! Our food was delicious as it has been every visit! Service is above expectations! We will return! Thank you!

a
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, eclectic menu with something for everyone.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, along with great service

D
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. Food was really good. They turned down the music when we asked.

RD
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good. Waiter turned down the music at our request. I would like to see more choices on tapas menu.

RD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Yes, in fact we are making reservations for this Thursday with friends.

d
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the place!! The food is delicious, and I think you have the best greens in the area. The drinks are great and our waitress was wonderful. She was very polite, had a smile on her face, and was there for whatever we needed.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

On our own during a trip to the Madison-Bouckville Antiques Show

KK
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A beautiful summer evening in downtown Utica. Excellent waitstaff. Outdoors was the place to be even with some rowdy young folks in rice rockets and cycles (where are the police for crying out loud?). Beet Salad and Apple Walnut Salad were superb. Unfortunately, for our taste Salmon was overcooked and what's with the tomato sauce on the Tenderloin Beef Tips? Would definitely dine here again should we find ourselves in Utica. Based on the menus we reviewed from other local restaurants, this is the place to go.

OT
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was wonderful!!! We were celebrating a special occasion and everything was fabulous!!

IM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great dinner at Ancora. Delicious meal, original entrees and attentive service.

BO
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Shrimp in two separate pasta entrees was way overcooked, and the linguini was also overcooked. Despite the availability of many empty tables, we were put in an unfavorable location.

F
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Basically bar food and not very good at that either. Our server was pleasant but we made the mistake of asking one of her colleagues to move us to a different table and he was outright rude.

TB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonight we dined at Ancora. We started at the Bar and Tim the Bartender was just awesome from the start. Wonderful bartender. We decided to dine at the bar tonight. Started with Stuffed Mushrooms, went on to Mediterranean NY Strip with garden salad, and for my wife, Pesto Gnocchi with Shrimp. Both entrees were delicious. We finished our meal with the 50 Shades of Crepe for dessert. Just order it!! Always a pleasure to dine at.