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Ancora!

4.9
4.9
437 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (315) 724-4815

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mario Pumilio

  • Catering

    We sell full and half trays. Catering menu available at www.AncoraUtica.com

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private banquet room that holds up to 50 people. The room is equipped with a 100 inch projection screen which is great for family videos or powerpoint presentations.

  • Private party contact

    Dan Loconti: (315) 724-4815

  • Neighborhood

    Utica

  • Cross street

    Hopper Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking and large public parking lot to the right of the building.

  • Entertainment

    Live music on select weekends

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 437 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Mediterranean

  • Central New York

    Best Overall

  • Central New York

    Best Food

  • Central New York

    Best Service

  • Central New York

    Best Ambiance

  • Central New York

    Best Value

  • Central New York

    Healthy

  • Central New York

    Great for Lunch

  • Central New York

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. NL

    NLFord

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice night with family. Thank you. Xxxxxx. Xxx

  2. CG

    CarmelaG

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great! Our waiter was exceptional! We will be back!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best place in Utica for a good time and great food. Will choose this place over any restaurant in Utica!!!!!! Thanks for keeping it open!!!!!!

  4. RF

    RaymondF

    Atlanta

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Very limited menu with few remarkable entrees

  5. C

    Charm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great spot for dinner, we have been there many times.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous time with friends!!

  7. DP

    DeeP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner was delicious as usual. Gorgonzola potatoes are always amazing and the greens were delicious. Crepe was fantastic. Perfect evening.

  8. KM

    KevinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was the first time eating at Ancora for my wife and I. We enjoyed our time there and will definitely go back!

  9. DD

    DebDempseyScialdo

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always ... another amazing night of food & friendship at Ancora!

  10. RG

    RandyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The first time there and a very enjoyable meal. Excellent food and attentive service. Not from the area but will return!

  11. LB

    LaylaB

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food here is terrific. Our waiter was very helpful with recommendations both as to dishes and portion sizes so we shared each of the 3 courses which was perfect. Kudos to the staff there.

  12. KJ

    KarenJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My steak was cooked perfectly, the parmasean cheese sause was a perfect compliment. The waut staff was friendly and attentive.

  13. KJ

    KarenJ

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Servers were great, food was delicious and generously proportioned.

  14. L

    millisL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and food. Our group had the ceasar salad salmon gnocchi and paella. All delicious.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    The service staff was courteous and helpful. The food was very good. Overall experience was really enjoyable.

  16. VG

    VincentG

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was as good as the service. I would recommend Ancora for any type of celebration

  17. S

    Suzanne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    You could not ask for a more convenient spot. Parking (free) next door, one door away from the Stanley, just a couple blocks from Munson Williams Pratt. The food is exquisite, with lots of variety. Attentive service. We’ll be back again and again.

  18. IK

    IvanK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great local restaurant. Paella dish is a must try. Great atmosphere. One of the favorite places.

  19. BW

    BrendaW

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious dinner, excellent service and a pleasant atmosphere!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always fabulous! Food always prepared fresh and service is great!

  21. CM

    ChristopherM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Both the food and service were phenomenal. Very pleased, highly recommended. I will return again

  22. j

    johnj

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    Cold food and an untrained waitress allowed 4 of us to dine for $240 with wine. Waitress was disorganized and forgetful. Companions Chicken arrived cold. Chicken Riggies tasty- meatballs fry and green were just ok

  23. DD

    DebDempseyScialdo

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Once again Ancora did not disappoint ... I just love it there!! Deb Dempsey Scialdo

  24. b

    booboo

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ancora has excellent servers and meals are always top notch. Great job Ancora

  25. SS

    SteveS

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great, wonderful service, and not many customers, so it was relatively quiet.

  26. LW

    LawrenceW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was great and so was our waiter. He was very helpful and smelt sexy and took care of all my needs promptly.

  27. RD

    RoccoD

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Dinner before show at Stanley. Service was excellent. Order was taken and food was served in plenty of time to attend show. Dinner was very good.

  28. KF

    KristinF

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This restaurant is a MUST! Everything we ordered was delicious! I wish I recalled our server’s name, but his suggestions were perfection - From the calamari for an appetizer, seafood paella, pasta and two of the best martini’s I have ever had (try the hot and dirty!). My mouth is watering just typing this. Unfortunately, we do not live close to this restaurant or I would frequent it often.

  29. AD

    AnnD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are regular customers -we brought our 26 year old granddaughter who lives in Pa and eats out often. We love the bread and oil. We had an order of greens - arancini balls Chicken Francsise. She said after our meal that Ancora is her favorite restaurant! It has been our favorite restaurant for several years!

  30. KW

    KarenW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious meal and great service. Highly recommend!

  31. AR

    AmyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing, restaurant was busy and buzzing but never loud or crowded, Suzanne was our server and she was delightful! Highly recommend.

  32. S

    Sportygirlcs

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    My husband and I enjoyed a date night out for Valentine’s Day and Ancona did not disappoint! They offered bread and seasoned oil for the table, which was good (warming the bread would’ve been a nice touch). We ordered the calamari for a starter and that was cooked perfectly and was delicious. My husband ordered the chicken riggies (very good, but not spicy enough, even though he ordered the hot). I ordered the paella (their signature dish) which flavor wise was delicious, the seafood was cooked perfectly, but the rice was really wet, almost soupy like?? I just thought paella was more of a crispy bottom rice dish (I’m relying on my food network knowledge, as I had never had it before). In any case, the flavor was spot on, so not a huge issue. We opted to share the bananas foster crepe and that was also delish. Our server was very attentive and kind and the ambiance was great. I would definitely recommend Ancora!

  33. CS

    ChristopherS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very enjoyable. Food was great, our server was very pleasant. Great evening

  34. G

    Geezers

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    The guys enjoyed chicken riggies. The chicken francaise could have been more lemony. The $7 "truffle" mashed potatoes could have been more "truffly". I love mashed potatoes so they were good, but nothing beyond "regular". Our waitress was personable and patient with us old geezers.

  35. R

    Rocky

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    Clearly reheated frozen food. Mediocre service. Would not go back

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Valentines Day dinner with wifey! We ordered a bunch of appetizers and everything we had was fantastic and the service was great!

  37. B

    Birthday2014

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    This was my first visit. Wonderful! Great cocktail and menu options. The food was excellent and the care of preparation was very apparent. The outstanding attentive service by our blonde server ( we were seated along the wall in the room with the bar) made us feel so welcome! We intend to be regulars. Ancora is clearly one of if not THE best fine dining establishments in the greater Utica area. JJB

  38. RS

    RiandaS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a really great experience for our 1st visit to Ancora! The paella was excellent! Thank you to the chef since it wasn’t on the menu, but made it for us upon request! A special thank you to our server, Noah, who was fantastic- attentive and helpful with menu recommendations. Finished the meal with crepes (mixed berry and baci di ancora) which were the perfect ending. Will definitely be back!

  39. A

    Allie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Overall decent…came from out of town for a show at the Stanley. The 3 of us all felt the food definitely lacked flavor and seasoning. We got riggies (medium, not spicy at all), Tuscan penne with shrimp (pretty blah and bland) and chicken francaise. Meatballs for app were very good. No s+p on table, some grated parm would have really been great to help give some flavor to the entrees. We didn’t find the wait staff to be all that attentive but I know it was busy because there was a show at the theatre next door. Which is part of the reason we didn’t get dessert, we weren’t sure that we’d have enough time despite arriving for a reservation about 2.5 hours before the show. Also somewhat disappointed that when the reservation was made, we added that it was a special occasion for a birthday but no mention of it by the server. And honestly that’s ok, we wouldn’t want a huge deal with singing etc but it would have been nice if they were at least paying enough attention to us so that we could have gotten a dessert on a birthday. We decided, rather than rush and worry about time, to head over and get a drink at the show instead of dessert. I would try again but maybe not on a night when there is a show next door. However the location couldn’t be more convenient for those attending an event at the theatre. The experience wasn’t terrible, just not great and I would give it another try if in the area

  40. DG

    DianneG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had dinner before the show. We have done this many times before and not once have we been unhappy. Keep up the good work.

FAQs

Ancora! does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Ancora! also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (315) 724-4815.

Ancora! is rated 4.9 stars by 437 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Ancora!

261 Genesee Street Utica, NY 13501

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hopper Street

  • Neighborhood

    Utica

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking and large public parking lot to the right of the building.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mario Pumilio

  • Entertainment

    Live music on select weekends

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (315) 724-4815

  • Catering

    We sell full and half trays. Catering menu available at www.AncoraUtica.com

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private banquet room that holds up to 50 people. The room is equipped with a 100 inch projection screen which is great for family videos or powerpoint presentations.

  • Private party contact

    Dan Loconti: (315) 724-4815

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