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Ancora!

4.9
4.9
439 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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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 1 time 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 439 people are saying

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

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. JA

    JoshuaA

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal!!!
  2. VG

    VincentG

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and always looking to make your experience better.
  3. NL

    NLFord

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice night with family. Thank you. Xxxxxx. Xxx
  4. 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!
  5. 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!!!!!!
  6. RF

    RaymondF

    Atlanta

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Very limited menu with few remarkable entrees
  7. C

    Charm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for dinner, we have been there many times.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous time with friends!!
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. VG

    VincentG

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was as good as the service. I would recommend Ancora for any type of celebration
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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!
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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!
  32. KW

    KarenW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal and great service. Highly recommend!
  33. 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.
  34. 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!
  35. 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
  36. 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.
  37. R

    Rocky

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Clearly reheated frozen food. Mediocre service. Would not go back
  38. 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!
  39. 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
  40. 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!

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 439 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 1 time 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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