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Motus, Utica, NY

Motus

4.9
4.9
507 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
mōtus (Latin); movement, progress, passion, revolt

A tradesman's gastropub with an undeniable message of purpose.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (315) 624-9090

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Vincent Petronio & JD Smith

  • Neighborhood

    Utica

  • Cross street

    Bank Place

  • Parking details

    Washington Lane parking garage and on street parking available

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 507 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
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    American

  • 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

    Fit for Foodies

  • Central New York

    Healthy

  • Central New York

    Notable Wine List

  • Central New York

    Romantic

  • Central New York

    Special Occasion

  • Central New York

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. SE

    StevenE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Motus never fails to disappoint. This was a celebration of the south. Each dish was just amazing. From the collard greens with ham hock, grilled peach and Potlikker gravy to the fried chicken, corn and jalapeño fritter, each bite was intentional and perfect. My favorite bite of the night was the sweet corn chow chow served with the beef belly taco. On its own, delicious. A bite of the chow chow with a little of each component of the dish was a masterclass in food pairing. 12/10. Would recommend.
  2. MD

    MaryD

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This summer there is beef tartre Excellent- make sure you try it. Strawberry martini is quite wonderful as well.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great uniques and fresh food. Friendly staff - not just our server. Fun inviting atmosphere. Highly recommend.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal as always
  5. KE

    KellyE

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we have ever eaten. Just incredible. Pork chop and the tuna.
  6. NR

    NfromRomeNY

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the food was outstanding with very good service. Not too busy, not too cold inside. I never imagined that a pork chop could be this good.
  7. PL

    PierreL

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were outstanding The minute we arrived we were glad to be there. The server and bartender were extremely friendly, professional, and informative. We will be returning!
  8. MG

    MadelineG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the best food I’ve had out of a big city - including the French Press coffee and homemade ice cream!
  9. S

    Suzanne

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my husband favorite restaurant so he picked it to celebrate his birthday with our family. We had a great night!
  10. K

    Kathy

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I might have written a review before, however, they deserve another. I have never been to a restaurant where it is amazing the first time and keeps getting better! I went on Saturday and just this morning said how amazing the food was and that I cannot wait to go back. If you are looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion, or have a romantic date night, or just a place to eat the BEST food, Motus is your place. It is absolutely amazing from the service, atmosphere, and of course the food! I love it there. Would go weekly if I could. I think I did 4 weeks in a row! 😉
  11. T

    Tara

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little spot. Would definitely go back. Went on a Friday night and it was surprisingly quiet. I sat at the bar and had a few glasses of wine and a 4-course meal for 65$. The food was absolutely delicious, and everything was handmade. They even let you pick a dessert martini rather than an entree since I was so full. Will definitely go back!
  12. S

    Suzanne

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our selves when we dine here. Friendly, helpful staff and fabulous food!
  13. LD

    LeslieD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The dining room was small and dark. We had table near a window that looks into the kitchen, which was a nice touch. Food was delicious but expensive. Menu had limited items. One time dining there is enough. Every one should try it once.
  14. MD

    MaryD

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always excellent
  15. SF

    SueF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Price menu is the best! Spend every birthday here. Best meals.
  16. MD

    MaryD

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Motus continues to be by far the best dining experience in the Utica-Rome area.
  17. AV

    AndiV

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food all around. Fit for foodies. Interesting wines. Great service. Really loved it
  18. J

    Janice

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! Food was delicious, service just right!
  19. LG

    LaurieG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous every time we dine. Couldn’t be better.
  20. F

    Frank

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Attended the mothers day brunch 5-course meal. Didn't realize this was going to be the case when I made the reservation as the website wasn't up-to-date. My mother has a gluten sensitivity, so it was unfortunate that there wasn't many things that catered to her diet, but she did her best to enjoy what she could without over-indulging and feeling sick later. The food was well-curated and portions were fair, but it was a bit different than what I had expected after reviewing the brunch menu on the website.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Really great experience! Small but diverse menu and the food was very impressive. The sauce on the filet was one of the better things I've tasted in some time. Better than the food were the cocktails. Extremely delicious and unique cocktail menu. Can't wait to go back!
  22. c

    cdm99

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding...best meal we've had in a long time! Creative cuisine, everything was done perfectly, and the service was impeccable. And the little treats before and after the meal were a nice touch. Highly recommended!
  23. AM

    AbbyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly attentive service and delicious food in relaxed contemporary atmosphere. A Utica gem!
  24. MH

    MichelleH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing fresh unique food, great atmosphere, great service before a show at The Stanley. Very accommodating. Will visit again and again! Thanks Motus for another great meal.
  25. JM

    JohnM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went to Motus for a Spring Tasting menu. Restaurant is clean, tables are spaced apart and comfortable. Staff is friendly and attentive to customers. Food is always exciting and cooked to your liking.
  26. MF

    MeganF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the 6 course set dining experience for spring. Every course was fantastic and the portions were just right for so many courses. Our servers were very attentive and did an excellent job of checking on our drinks and clearing the table. We plan to do other set dining experiences and also to return for dining Ala carte.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal as always
  28. t

    trishd

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic gem in downtown Utica. Food never disappoints and ambience is awesome as well. Friendly service.
  29. S

    Suzanne

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Motus never disappoints! We had an exceptional meal with great service. We can't wait for the next time!
  30. JA

    JoshuaA

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had yet another great meal at Motus.
  31. G

    Goodeats

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is so thoughtfully prepared every time. It was absolutely fantastic and the service does not get any better than Alisha! Always a treat at Motus!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Short rib special was amazing one of the best meals I have ever had
  33. s

    susant

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar evening with great food and service. The local menu is excellent and the drinks are sublime.
  34. H

    Hannah

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Motus never disappoints. The quality of locally-sourced ingredients, pairing of unique flavors, and professionalism of kind staff are consistent every time we go. It is well worth the price.
  35. NR

    NfromRomeNY

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. Hummus was a little on the salty side, which we aren't used to. Salad was really fresh and crispy. Lemon amuze was great to cleanse the palet.
  36. KK

    KittaKat

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, wonderful service.
  37. SA

    ShoeAddict

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there and we will be back again soon! Food was outstanding. Loved the prix fixe menu option where you can select each course. Good vegetarian selections as well. Cocktails were also very good and the restaurant itself was a really cool atmosphere with some great artwork. Loved it!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dining experience! Food was extraordinary.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing date night and Motus staff made sure it was memorable!
  40. T

    Tracey

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at Motus was exceptional as always. We truly feel so welcome every time we go. From the service, the staffs personality, the food (omg the food), the ambience and all the little touches in between. Excellent!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Motus offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (315) 624-9090.

Motus is rated 4.9 stars by 507 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Motus

234 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13502

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bank Place

  • Neighborhood

    Utica

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Washington Lane parking garage and on street parking available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Vincent Petronio & JD Smith

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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